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  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Erin White, front left, and Ted Green, front right, prepare for a screening of “Eva: A-7063,” a documentary about Eva Mozes Kor's survival of the Holocaust, Sunday at Impact Community Church.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Andy Klotz, marketing director of Indianapolis public radio, TV and news station WFYI 90.1 FM, prepares for Sunday's screening of “Eva: A-7063” in New Haven.

Monday, December 10, 2018 1:00 am

Screening of Holocaust film attracts 100 in New Haven

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

As a crowded room watched his film – a documentary about well-known Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor – Ted Green sat in a nearby room Sunday, commending New Haven High School educators for creating a yearlong class about the genocide.

“What Erin (White) is doing, it's incredible, noble and laudable,” Green said. “You can't learn about the Holocaust in a couple of days.”

White developed the elective with colleague Josh Grubaugh, who is teaching the class in its pilot year. It lets students – mostly juniors and seniors – learn about the Holocaust from multiple angles, White said.

Lessons, for example, include analyzing photographs. A pair of images that stunned students was one of a girl standing in front of a Christmas tree and another that pictured all that's left of her: a piece of jewelry, White said.

A few New Haven High students attended the screening of “Eva: A-7063,” which served as a fundraiser for additional class materials. About 100 people attended the event, which was at Impact Community Church in New Haven.

Kor, 84, lost family members at Auschwitz and was subjected at age 10 to cruel experiments by the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele. She opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute in 1995 and travels the world promoting hope, healing and humanity.

“She's a living gem among us,” Green said.

Both Green and White acknowledged the importance of preserving Kor's story. Today's students will be the last generation capable of interacting with first-generation Holocaust survivors, White said.

“We really feel that the legacy of this project will be through education,” Green, the producer, said of those who made the film.

The award-winning documentary – it's been in four film festivals – premiered in April after two years of production and is scheduled to be broadcast on most PBS affiliates in the spring, Green said.

White and Green have toured Auschwitz with Kor, who makes an already life-changing trip even more so, they said.

“It still hurts her,” Green said. “When you're there with her you can see it.”

But, he added, Kor doesn't return home downcast.

“She comes back as a victorious survivor,” he said.

asloboda@jg.net