Eva Kor, 81, arrived in Lueneburg to give evidence at the trial of Oskar Groening, 93 – known as the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’. The pair were seen embracing as they met in the courtroom. Groening is accused of serving at Auschwitz between May and June 1944, when some 425,000 Jews from Hungary were taken there and almost immediately gassed to death. Speaking about the extraordinary incident, Ms Kor said: ‘Former enemies can get along as human beings. What on earth do we want to tell the world? Killing each other has never created anything good.’
She is obviously a woman of compassion, resilience and inner strength, and considering she was “experimented” on by the infamous Dr Josef Mengele whilst an inmate at Auschwitz it took enormous compassion to reach out to this former German soldier.
When the Nobel Peace Prize Committee consider who to make the next award to, may I suggest the award be made to this woman Eva Kor as an example to humanity of the capacity to forgive.