Eva Schloss: A Story of Survival
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Eva Schloss will share her experiences and discuss the miraculous way in which she and her mother were able to survive during the Holocaust. She will talk about how attitudes impact hate and discrimination today.
In 1938, Germany invaded Austria, causing many Jewish families to flee Austria to avoid persecution. Among the emigrants was 8-year-old Eva Geiringer, who with her mother, brother, and father moved first to Belgium and then to Holland, where one of her neighbors was a German Jewish girl of the same age, Anne Frank.
The two girls became friends and playmates (though, as Eva would say many years later, the girl was “much more grown-up and mature than me”). They passed the time by skipping, playing hopscotch and marbles, and drinking lemonade that the girl’s mother prepared.
Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Later they would become step sisters.
Eva survived her concentration camp experience and made her way to England, where she married Zvi Schloss and raised three daughters. She worked as a studio photographer and ran an antique shop.
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About Our Speaker:
Eva Schloss is the stepsister and playmate of World War II Diarist Anne Frank. She was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929, 91 years now.
Since 1985, Eva Schloss has devoted herself to holocaust education and global peace. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than one thousand speaking engagements. She has written two books and has had a play written about her life. In 1999 she signed the Anne Frank Peace Declaration along with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and the niece of Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest.
Eva Schloss published her first book named “Eva’s Story” in 1988 as a memoir of her Holocaust and her stepsister. She is a Trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, U.K and received an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England. She was awarded an MBE, a top British honor, in 2012.
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