At dawn on an early spring day in 1944, a young Eva Mozes Kor and her family were freed from the overcrowded cattle car they’d been standing in for four days.
As the doors opened, the family of six who’d been the only Jews living in a German occupied town in Romania before they were ordered to board the train, was herded onto a cement platform. There, Nazi soldiers passed judgment on their fate.
“The selection platform at Auschwitz measures 85 feet long by 35 feet wide. In my opinion there is no other strip of land anywhere on the face of this earth that has witnessed so many millions of people being ripped apart from their families forever,” Kor said while speaking to an auditorium of world history students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School Friday.
Kor’s speech was part of a weekend of activities planned in the south suburbs around the message of forgiveness. Though “forgiveness weekend” was intended to be secular, it came on the eve of Yom Kippur, which falls on Oct. 12 this year.