Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss to Speak at Viterbo Sept. 18; "Paintings Created in Hiding" Art Exhibit Open Now

Sept. 11, 2017

Contact Nicole Van Ert at 608-796-3616 or nmvanert@viterbo.edu


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s childhood friend, will share her incredible story at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Tickets are $15 for main floor and $10 for balcony seating. Students receive a discounted price of $5. Tickets are available at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center box office, online at www.viterbo.edu/tickets, or by calling 608-796-3100.

Following the German annexation of Austria in 1938, then 8-year-old Eva Geiringer fled her native country with her family to Belgium and then later Holland, where one of her neighbors was a German Jewish girl of the same age named Anne Frank. Frank is the author of her famous diary. The two girls became friends and playmates. Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp.

Eva Geiringer survived and was liberated from Auschwitz by Soviet troops in 1945. She eventually emigrated to England after the war, where she married Zvi Schloss and raised three daughters. Frank would eventually be transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died. Eva and Anne would become posthumous stepsisters in 1953 when Eva’s mother Elfriede married Anne’s father Otto.

Eva Schloss has devoted herself to Holocaust education and global peace since 1985. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than 1,000 speaking engagements. She has written two books and has had a play written about her life.

A special Paintings Created in Hiding free art exhibit will be on display in the Fine Arts Center Lobby until Sunday, Sept. 24. The paintings were created by Eva’s father Erich and her brother Heinz, when they were in hiding from the Nazis. In 1944, on the way to Auschwitz, Heinz—a talented musician, artist and poet—told his sister where he’d hidden paintings he and his father had created. He had stashed the 30 paintings under the floorboards of the Amsterdam attic where they’d lived before being captured. Eva and her mother Fritzi Geiringer returned to Amsterdam and saved the paintings after the war. This exhibit is a collection of the prints.

Schloss’ presentation is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership fall lecture series. For more information, visit www.viterbo.edu/ethics.