In this powerful story of forgiveness comes the unity of two unlikely people. One is an Auschwitz survivor while the other is the grandson of one of the men who commanded the camp.
80-year old Eva Mozes Kor from Romania could still remember it like it was yesterday. She and her twin sister Miriam were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944. One day, Eva lay in bed sick with fever when the SS ‘Angel of Death’ Dr. Josef Mengele came to visit her and commented that she’s not going to make it.
It was during that time that the then 10-year old girl vowed to do everything she could to survive and get out of the place alive. She did get out, a year after the Germans surrendered.
She remembered the horrors she saw and the family she lost and dedicated her life to healing and forgiveness and leaving it all in the past.
Eva continued to meet with Holocaust survivors even after her sister’s death in 1993. She had her process of moving on down to pat and encourages others to do so.
Then one day, a man by the name of Rainer Hoss sent her an email, asking if they could meet in person to give her a hug. Eva dismissed it as an impostor as she believed that no Nazi grandson would renounce his family’s actions. A second email was sent and this time, Eva agreed.
The two got talking and Eva was impressed with how Rainer grew up to be a decent man in spite of the evil that surrounded him in his family. It turned out that the 49-year old grandson of SS Commandant Rudolf Hoss has turned his back on his family and disowned them for crimes against humanity.
Eva knew that Rainer needed a family and in her greatest act of forgiveness yet, she adopted him as a grandson, albeit informally. They spend a lot of time together and she even encourages him to take the road of forgiving his father and grandfather.
However, Eva maintained that she would support Rainer in whatever decision he makes. For now, it’s enough that the two of them heal together as one family.