Dr. Chaim Weizmann
the first President of the modern State of Israel
will be posthumously honored by
Indiana Governor Mike Pence
as a Sagamore of the Wabash
The presentation will take place at CANDLES Holocaust Museum
1532 South Third Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802
5:00 PM, Thursday, May 30, 2013
This event is free and open to the public
During the First World War, Dr. Weizmann, who was a chemist by training, developed a breakthrough in the industrial fermentation process for the production of acetone, a necessary component in munitions manufacturing. Commercial Solvents Corporation was established in Terre Haute, Ind., at the end of World War I for this purpose and earned distinction as the pioneer producer of acetone and butanol by fermentation processes developed and patented by Dr. Weizmann. The city of Terre Haute was selected as the home of CSC research because the location made possible the convenient translation of new processes from laboratory and pilot-plant to full-scale production. Because of the success of his industrial fermentation process and its role in helping the Allies win the war, Weizmann gained an audience with British statesmen sympathetic to his cause of establishing a Jewish homeland. The Balfour Declaration was a result of Weizmann and CSC's success with industrial fermentation in Terre Haute.
• We will also be joined by Rep. Larry Bucshon, Congressman for Indiana's 7th District
• Click here to read Dr. Weizmann's New York Times obituary of November 9, 1952
• Click here to read a Terre Haute Living magazine article about Weizmann, his connection to Terre Haute, and its importance in the establishment of the state of Israel
• Click here for information about the Sagamore of the Wabash Award
• Special thank you to United Hebrew Congregation, 540 S. 6th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807 for helping develop this announcement.
• Contact: Kiel Majewski, CANDLES Executive Director, 812-234-7881, kiel(at)candlesholocaustmuseum.org
the gift of
This year is very special to CANDLES because it marks the 18th anniversary of the museum's first opening in 1995. In Jewish tradition the number 18 is associated with life and luck. Celebrate this anniversary by becoming a member for $18, and your support will breathe new life into our organization.
Auschwitz survivor and Mengele Twin Eva Mozes Kor can be contacted for interview requests by calling the museum at 812-234-7881 or by emailing email@example.com.
STUDENTS: Eva receives many requests for interviews. Before attempting to contact her, please read about her on our website or in the books Echoes from Auschwitz and Surviving the Angel of Death, or watch the DVD Forgiving Dr. Mengele. Many basic questions can be answered through these materials, which will help save Eva's time and energy.
Get up-to-the-minute news about Eva by following her on Twitter @evamozeskor. You may also want to follow CANDLES @candlesmuseum and Executive Director Kiel Majewski @kielmajewski.
Mengele Twins Initiative
CANDLES is beginning a new program to find information about the Mengele Twins.
Please click here to learn more about the CANDLES Mengele Twins Initiative.
Catch Eva Kor On the Road
Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor will be speaking in the following cities soon. Check our website regularly for updates, and keep in mind that Eva speaks every Saturday (unless she is out of town) at the museum starting at 1 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to bring Eva Kor to your city!
May 6 -- 6 pm -- Lebanon, Missouri
-- Lebanon High School, sponsored by
the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce
and Heritage Bank of the Ozarks
May 24 -- 12:30-1:45 pm -- Beachwood, Ohio
-- Beachwood Middle School