Fine Arts Center

Eva Schloss AYA

DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership presents

Hiding, Betrayal, and Survival: The Life and Times of Anne Frank and Eva Schloss

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Grades 6-12
9:30 a.m.

***Her presentation will be recorded and posted on the Viterbo web page. More details forthcoming.***

60 minutes
Viterbo Fine Arts Center

Curriculum Connections: history, cultural, public speaking, values

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. 

The two girls became friends and playmates.  They passed the time by skipping, playing hopscotch and marbles, and drinking lemonade that the girls’ mothers 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.  Her stepsister did not survive Auschwitz, but kept a diary that did.  Her name was Anne Frank.

Since 1985, Mrs. Eva Schloss has devoted herself to Holocaust education and global peace.  She has recounted her wartime experiences at more than one thousand speaking engagements.  She has written two books and has had a play written about her life.  In 1999 Eva signed the Anne Frank Peace Declaration along with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and the niece of Raul Wallengerg, a legendary figure who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest.