Eva Mozes Kor is a holocaust survivor. She and her twin sister were experimented upon by Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. She lived long enough to have a son who battled cancer, and to donate a kidney to her sister later on.
Her story is the most viewed Buzzfeed video on Facebook, ever.
She’s in her 80s but she’s active speaking about her experience. She has a documentary coming out. Her message is that she found healing in forgiveness.
She suffered inhumane scientific experiments at the hands of Nazis who orphaned her and she can forgive. But what she can’t forgive? How she’s treated at airport security by the TSA.
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
— Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) March 4, 2018
Hannah Arendt’s “banality of evil” comes to mind with how normalized government checkpoints, presenting your papers, and submitting to search has become in modern society. It just may take a holocaust survivor to remind us of that.
In the meantime I’ve got a hint for the TSA: Romanian Jewish holocaust survivors probably haven’t been radicalized by ISIS, and have probably been humiliated enough.