Holocaust survivor TSA put me through demeaning body search
HolocaustÂ survivor Eva Mozes Kor in undated photo
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A Holocaust survivor says she was a victim of a "very demeaning body search" by U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents after a visit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Eva Mozes Kor tweeted on Sunday in Albuquerque that she had to undergo the intrusive body search before boarding a plane and that it ruined her experience following a lecture.
The Indiana resident spoke with teachers from around New Mexico at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History on Saturday about suffering through inhumane scientific experiments at the Auschwitz concentration camp as a 10-year-old.
It was unclear if the TSA search in question occurred at Albuquerque International Sunport.
Another very demeaning body search by the TSA - there has to be some way that at age 84 I can get some clearance by the POWERS of Government from this procedure. As I lecture about surviving Auschwitz I barely survive the TSA body search I detest it. That ruined my experience
TSA Regional Public Affairs Manager Carrie Harmon did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press.
Kor has been telling her own story as a Holocaust survivor for most of her life.
But in a few weeks, a documentary film about her life will add another level of the public's understanding of the energetic Terre Haute woman who learned to forgive her Nazi tormentors as part of her own self-healing.
"Eva" will premiere on April 5 in Indianapolis and on April 14 in Terre Haute.
It's a documentary project produced by Ted Green Films, Mika Brown and Indianapolis PBS affiliate WFYI, and it captures the legacy of Kor as she has persisted in telling her story in her own effort to make the world a better place.
Kor lost her parents and siblings to the Holocaust after her Jewish family was removed from their home in Romania and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
She and her twin sister, Miriam, both of whom survived Auschwitz, were experimented upon by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, and they were orphans upon their liberation from the camp.
As an adult who married and moved to Terre Haute, Kor has shared her Holocaust story and became well-known for her activism and the establishment of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum (CANDLES stands for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors)
Now 84, Kor remains active as she travels the world, sharing her personal epiphany that forgiveness is the ultimate healing agent for one's psychological and emotional wounds.
"I discovered the cure from victimhood," Kor said as she talked about the upcoming release of the film and how her message of forgiveness has received both praise and criticism. "Should I keep that to myself?"
Kor stands only 4 feet, 9 inches tall, and she uses a walker. But her personality still seems giant as she enters a room.
"I'm level-headed but not afraid to take on a challenge," Kor said as she explained her quick mind and steadfast determination to help others.
"I am never a worrier. I am a doer," she said.
Her life has been full of challenges. More than 40 years after escaping the death camp with her sister, she cared for her son as he battled cancer, and she donated a kidney to her ailing sister.
She persisted in getting her bachelor's degree from Indiana State University, and then her master's degree. She sold real estate to pay the bills.
She has worked with Green and Brown on the documentary for several months, traveling to Auschwitz and Israel, telling some stories and events that weren't always popularly received.