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Film and Speaker Series

Join us for Holocaust Remembrance Day and CANDLES Museum’s 20th Anniversary

Saturday, April 18, 2015

1:00 p.m.   Eva Mozes Kor shares her story with museum visitors.

4:00 p.m.   Rescue in the Philippines film and discussion

Rescue in The Philippines is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, U.S. High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana, and an ambitious Army colonel named Dwight Eisenhower helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.

With special guests Ursula Progl, Holocaust survivor who not only escaped Nazi Germany but survived the battle between Japanese and U.S. forces in Manila, and Dean Kotlowski, Professor of History at Salisbury University and author of Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR

6:30 p.m.   Refreshments in the West Room

The new exhibit, "Choices: The Holocaust Through Eva's Story," will remain open until about 7:30.

All programs will be held at CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, located at 1532 South Third Street in Terre Haute. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dorothy Chambers, Program Director, at 812-234-7881 or



Past Events

Human Rights Day at Indiana State University: "Burma: The Struggle for Basic Human Rights" with Myra Dahgaypaw

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Myra Dahgaypaw is a Karen human rights activist from Karen State in Eastern Burma. She was an internally displaced person for 12 years and a refugee for 17 years until she resettled in the U.S. Myra lost many family members and friends to the brutality of Burma’s military regime. Myra has played a strong role in her community as an organizer and a human rights advocate. She is currently the campaigns coordinator for the U.S. Campaign for Burma.

For decades Burma was ruled by a brutal authoritarian military regime. In 2010, after the first election in 20 years, the country transitioned from military rule to a civilian-led government. The current Burmese government has instituted a number of positive reforms, and in response, the U.S. began re-engaging with Burma and recently lifted a number of sanctions previously placed on the country.
Despite this progress, serious human rights abuses continue. Civilians are being killed and humanitarian aid is restricted. There remain egregious violations in Kachin State and a dire situation for minority Rohingyas in Rakhine State. The government continues to restrict freedom of association and expression and to hold political prisoners.


70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Relections and Discussion

with ISU professor Isaac Land (History) and Ann Rider (Languages, Literatures, and Linguitics)

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center


The legacy of the Holocaust remains a moral and intellectual challenge to us today. Join Dr. Land and Dr. Rider for a discussion about memory, history, and meaning. Dr. Land will also discuss his experiences as a particpant in the CANDLES Museum trip to attend the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary in January.


"Chieftain's Child" with Walter Runsabove

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

William "Walter" Runsabove is a Northern Cheyenne, Oglala Lakota, Red Bottom Assiniboine. He is the son of Bill and Danna Runsabove and a Direct Descendant of Sweet Medicine Chief Little Wolf of Northern Cheyenne, War Chief Wild Hog of the Northern Cheyenne, Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota, Chief Red Cherries of the Northern Cheyenne, Chief Iron Tail of the Oglala Lakota, Chief Standing Buffalo of the Dakota, and Chief Many Voices of the Red Bottom People. His Assiniboine name is Ta Shunga Gia that translate to "His Horse that is Flying" and his Cheyenne Name is "Little Hawk" or "Young Bird."
Walter attended college on a basketball scholarship to MSU-Northern and later found a job with the Indian Health Service in Billings Montana. After a couple of years of government work, Walter found his calling working with the Indian Education Department for the Billings School District.  Walter helps young natives in West High School to achieve their diplomas and to reduce the drop out rates among Native American Students. 
Walter is an accomplished native flute player. singer, and champion dancer.  He carries a whistle for his family and in the Native Culture, it is truly a high responsibility and honor as he is drug and alcohol free.  He is a proud father of his son Cactus, daughters Abbilee and Ivy and husband to Kassie. Together they travel and dance as a family and share in their learning through song and dance.
Walter will talk about the Native American genocide. He will also focus on the power of forgiveness and its importance to his culture and people. At the end of the presentation, Walter will treat guests to his talents as a singer and native flute player.


Thursday, January 15th at 5:30 p.m.
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

With a discussion led by Dr. Elonda Ervin, ISU Diversity Officer

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Indiana State University Cunningham Library Events Room

510 6 1/2 Street, Terre Haute, IN

This film screening is made possible in part by generous support from ISU's department of economics, women's studies/gender studies program, interdisciplinary programs, Cunningham Memorial Library, and the University College in conjunction with the Fall Read.


"Triumph of the Human Spirit" with Anita Gray

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Anita Gray is a Christian survivor of the Holocaustand a strong advocate of forgiveness.

The Nazis detained or killed people from many groups they considered a threat to the future of Germany. Thousands of Czech citizens were sent to camps and suffered atrocities similar to those perpetrated on the Jewish people. Anita Gray was 13 years old when armed soldiers separated her from her parents and inflicted unimaginable cruelty on her. Yet 60 years later, the power of the human spirit enabled Anita Gray to forgive the Nazi soldiers who caused her so much pain.

This event is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.


Film: Hitler's Children, with discussion by Rainer Hoess

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Indiana State University
Bayh College of Education

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Rainer Hoess, grandson of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess. Rainer is devoting his life to ending the rise of neo-Nazism in Europe. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hitler had no children, but what about Goering, Hoess, and Frank? Hitler’s Children is a unique documentary that reveals, for the first time, how descendants of Nazi officers from Hitler’s inner circle deal with the burden of carrying a surname equated with terror and genocide.