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November 18, 2003
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Anti-Semite burns down Holocaust museum in Indiana, US

The Indianapolis Star (www.indystar.com) reports that an anti-semitic bastard has burned down a Holocaust museum in Indiana:

It took 10 years for Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, to open a museum in Terre Haute dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.

It took just minutes for it all to go up in flames, thanks to what Kor thinks was arson. "I have had better days in my life," she said Tuesday. "And, unfortunately, I have had worse." Kor got a call early Tuesday, just after midnight, from the Fire Department.

She raced to the building, along with her husband, Michael Kor. At the scene, they were told a glass door had been broken and an accelerant had been used to start the fire. [...]

Kor plans to rebuild. The walls are still standing, but the inside is gutted.

Among the items destroyed are a Nazi helmet and armband, a coffee cup used at Auschwitz and bones gathered from the killing field near that death camp. Also lost were 11 jars of pennies, some of the million pennies collected by schoolchildren to benefit the museum. The jars symbolized the 11 million victims of the Holocaust.

Kor and her twin sister, Miriam Mozes Zeiger, along with thousands of other twins, were subjected to experiments under the direction of Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. Zeiger died of cancer in 1993 in Israel.

I now know what some might have felt in the 1930's, before the Second World War and the Holocaust, when daily violent acts were committed against individual Jews or the communities in Poland, Rumania, Hungary, Russia, France and of course Nazi Germany.

The main difference between the 1930’s/1940’s and today is that a Jew who feels his or her life is in danger can immigrate to Israel. Another difference is that there exists today an army of Israel which can fight the Nazis, the white supremacists, the Muslim freaks from Al-Qaeda or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the extreme left, or any other racist group of bastards whose goal is to kill and murder.

“Never Again” are not just words.

I copy below the rest of the article and a letter from someone who worked in the museum (found the letter on the excellent LGF). The museum that was burned down has a website at www.candles-museum.com.

Arson suspected in fire at Holocaust museum
Graffiti prompts call for FBI to probe Terre Haute blaze as possible hate crime.
By John R. O'Neill, November 19, 2003, Link

It took 10 years for Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, to open a museum in Terre Haute dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.

It took just minutes for it all to go up in flames, thanks to what Kor thinks was arson.

"I have had better days in my life," she said Tuesday. "And, unfortunately, I have had worse."

Kor got a call early Tuesday, just after midnight, from the Fire Department.

She raced to the building, along with her husband, Michael Kor. At the scene, they were told a glass door had been broken and an accelerant had been used to start the fire.

An official determination of the cause had not been made by Tuesday afternoon, but Vigo County Prosecutor Bob Wright said the fire is being investigated as arson.

There also was this phrase, spray-painted on the outside of the building: "Remember Timmy McVeigh."

Timothy McVeigh, convicted in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, was executed at the federal prison near Terre Haute in 2001.

Kor would not be surprised to learn that a McVeigh sympathizer is behind the fire.

"They are cowards," she said. "They hate so much that they would destroy a symbol that fights hatred."

Mary Wright, the museum's education director, has asked the FBI to investigate the fire as a possible hate crime. Doug Garrison, spokesman for the FBI office in Indianapolis, said the agency could become involved, based on what investigators determine.

Mary Wright said authorities should have at least one good lead. Two men, one bald, stopped by the museum recently, made a dismissive comment, then left.

That aside, she and Kor said they have had no threats since opening in 1995. The museum is in a 3,600-square-foot brick building along U.S. 41, just north of I-70. It housed some artifacts from the death camps, along with documents, displays and pictures.

Kor plans to rebuild. The walls are still standing, but the inside is gutted.

Among the items destroyed are a Nazi helmet and armband, a coffee cup used at Auschwitz and bones gathered from the killing field near that death camp. Also lost were 11 jars of pennies, some of the million pennies collected by schoolchildren to benefit the museum. The jars symbolized the 11 million victims of the Holocaust.

Kor and her twin sister, Miriam Mozes Zeiger, along with thousands of other twins, were subjected to experiments under the direction of Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. Zeiger died of cancer in 1993 in Israel.

Kor was living in Israel when she met her husband, a tourist from Terre Haute. He was a survivor of the Buchenwald death camp. He had moved to Terre Haute because that was the hometown of the Army officer who liberated him.

She later wrote a book, "Echoes from Auschwitz." About 9,000 copies have been sold, with proceeds going to the museum, Kor said. Hundreds of copies were in the museum and were damaged by water. Mary Wright did not know how many could be saved.


Holocaust Museum Firebombed in Indiana, Link

A reader forwarded the following email to me, written by a woman who works with the museum as a caretaker:

As most of you know, much of my spare time is spent working with Eva Mozes Kor and the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. I wrote Eva's biography and am privileged to travel with her and help her in the museum.

As I type this at 3 a.m. in the morning, I have tears running down my face. At midnight, my phone rang and it was the Terre Haute police department, telling me the museum was on fire. I literally threw on some clothes, slipped into my house slippers and drove quickly to the museum. Flames were shooting from the roof and three fire trucks were trying to stop the fire. It was so serious that US 41 was closed in the northerly direction in front of our museum.

The building had "Remember Timmy McVeigh" spray painted on it. Someone had thrown a brick through the front door and then had thrown some kind of fire bomb into the building. It is about 2/3 gone. All of our exhibits, artifacts, books, even the books we had to sell to support the museum are gone. It breaks my heart to look at the building and to remember all the good we have done and all the students and visitors' lives we have touched and to know that someone - so full of hatred that he had to attack us - tried to destroy our little museum.

The police have ruled it arson. That doesn't help us right now.

Think of us. Send us encouragement and be with us as we prepare to build again...just as Eva always tells everyone, "Never give up"...and we won't. But, right now, that doesn't help our broken hearts.


Posted by David Melle at November 18, 2003 11:49 PM
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hi
iam egyptian perhapes you find it stange for egyptian to contact you but i think if i talk to religiuo jewish who believe in one god and hate the blood they can understand that we can`t stay away from each other along time,i hope you can get me well, if you do i`d like to tel you that i hate politics and ilove PEOPLE
if you get me well i`d like to contact me .

Posted by: lamis yehya on March 18, 2004 05:10 AM

Don't allow their hatered to dishearten you. Hateful people will always find punishment in the end.

Posted by: Robert on February 10, 2005 11:45 AM

Dear Eva,
Today for a class field trip I went to your muesam and I was really touched by what you said and I ment to ask you this question " Do you now Irwin Prince?" Please Please Please e-mail me back at kylascolts@aol.com. My teachers, fellow classmates, and I would really enjoy it!
Thank You so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5/12/2006

Posted by: Kyla Wyatt on May 12, 2006 05:38 PM
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