TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will be awarded the 2017 Sachem Award next month.
Kor, 83, founded the Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors museum in Terre Haute in 1985.
Eva Kor is a true hero & it was an honor to announce her as my 1st Sachem Award recipient. Let us emulate her love, civility, & forgiveness. pic.twitter.com/cWDFVRiytN
— Eric Holcomb (@GovHolcomb) March 10, 2017
Kor and her family were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944. Most of her family was killed, but her and her twin sister, Miriam, survived.
Auschwitz was one of the largest concentration camps during the Holocaust. In the camp’s five years of operation, the Nazi regime reportedly deported at least 1.3 million people to camp; 1.1 million of those were killed.
Gov. Holcomb made the announcement Friday at Kor's museum calling her a “true hero.”
The Sachem is one of Indiana's highest honors and is awarded to one individual each year.
— CANDLES Museum (@candlesmuseum) March 10, 2017
Kor will receive the Sachem Award on April 13.