Eva Moses Kor, a Holocaust survivor and inspirational champion for the power of forgiveness, is the Official Pacesetter for the 2019 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.
On October 24, members of #TeamEva (a group of her biggest supporters) took to the streets of Indianapolis to run the 13.1 mile #IndyMini course as part of a relay, with Eva serving as the anchor. #TeamEva's finish time of 2:07.36 is the official time to beat for the 2019 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. For each 2019 #IndyMini participant who finishes faster than #TeamEva, the 500 Festival will donate $1 to the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which was co-founded by Eva Kor and is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. You can show your support and extend a challenge to friends and family to beat the official time on social media using #TeamEva.
In addition to ramping up excitement for the 2019 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 2019 #IndyMini Pacesetter event also kicked off excitement leading up to the TV world premiere of “Eva”, a documentary about Ms. Kor’s extraordinary life. “Eva” premieres on TV on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 8:00 pm ET on WFYI.
“This is a great honor for me and for everyone who needs healing after suffering through life’s tragedies,” said Kor. “I admire anyone who can complete the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. It takes determination and hope, just like getting through difficult times. This gift will help me share my message all over the world for as long as possible.”
Get to Know Eva
Eva Mozes Kor is a survivor of the Holocaust and forgiveness advocate. At the age of 10 she was imprisoned at Auschwitz and separated from most of her family. She and her twin sister were subjected to unthinkable medical experiments by the Nazis and fought daily for their own survival until the camp was eventually liberated. Remarkably, after her internment at Auschwitz, Eva publicly forgave the Nazis. Eva works tirelessly, dedicating her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and working toward goals of forgiveness, peace, and the elimination of hatred and prejudice in the world.
Kor's experiences in Auschwitz, coupled with her never-give-up attitude, led her to a life of advocacy work, teaching remembrance, understanding, and hope. To honor her extraordinary work, Eva Kor was awarded with the Sachem Award, Indiana’s highest honor, in 2017. She was also named Grand Marshal of the 61st IPL 500 Festival Parade in May 2017. Within the 500 Festival’s 60+ year history, Eva Kor is the only person to serve as Pacesetter for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Grand Marshal of the IPL 500 Festival Parade.
Get Inspired by "Eva"
"Eva" was produced by WFYI Public Media in collaboration with Ted Green Films and Mika Brown. It offers incredible details about Kor’s journey from Romanian Jewish farm girl to Nazi death camp survivor to leading global force on the power of healing through forgiveness. Her captivating story doesn’t come without controversy, particularly her decision to publicly forgive Mengele, Hitler and all Nazis, and it’s all part of “Eva,” masterfully written and produced by award-winning Indianapolis filmmaker Ted Green. To view a trailer of the movie or to learn more about Eva Kor, please visit TheStoryofEva.com.