ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A Holocaust survivor who complained over the weekend of being subjected to a “very demeaning body search” by US Transportation Security Administration agents said Monday that the agency reached out to her and wants to avoid future conflicts.
“I have been contacted by the TSA to help me and they are working with me to solve this problem,” Eva Mozes Kor tweeted.
Kor, 84, and her twin sister both survived the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where they were subjected as children to inhumane scientific experiments by the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.
She said in her original tweet that the body search before she boarded a plane ruined her experience speaking with teachers in New Mexico about Auschwitz on Saturday.
“As I lecture about surviving Auschwitz I barely survive the TSA body search I detest it,” said in her tweet on Sunday announcing that she had been searched.
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
Kor did not say at what airport the body search happened. She lives in Indiana.
Transportation Security Administration spokesman Matt Leas said the agency contacted Kor to learn more about her travel experience.
“TSA is committed to ensuring the security of travelers, while treating all with dignity and respect,” Leas said.
Thank you everybody for caring about me and my stress left from Mengele’s experiments. I have been contacted by the TSA to help me and they are working with me to solve this problem. I fly tomorrow to Los Angeles to lecture this problem will be solved-thank you very much! Eva Kor pic.twitter.com/sSwi0XjZfO
— Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) March 5, 2018
Mengele fled after World War II to Argentina and lived in Buenos Aires for a decade. He moved to Paraguay after Israeli Mossad agents captured Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann, who was also living in Buenos Aires.
Mengele died in Brazil in 1979 while swimming in the beach town of Bertioga.
A 2017 video in which Kor forgave Mengele for his actions against her and her sister went viral, garnering nearly 190 million views.
Kor spoke of the strength she gained from granting forgiveness.
After 50 years of being a victim, she said she suddenly realized that she had a tremendous power. “What I discovered for myself was life-changing. I discovered that I had the power to forgive. No one could give me that power and no one could take it away. It was all mine to use in any way I wished.”