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Soon all Holocaust survivors will be gone!
Will their personal stories of tolerance, diversity and triumph be remembered?
You have an opportunity never to forget one such story—as told by Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank.
Eva Schloss will be traveling from London to share her story of triumph and survival with the Gainesville – Alachua County and surrounding area community.
This historic event is taking place Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the University of Florida Performing Arts – Philips Center.
It’s a once-in-a-life opportunity to hear Eva’s holocaust story.
Chabad at UF Presents
Mrs. Eva Schloss
Mrs. Eva Schloss, 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 (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.
In July of 1942, both girls and their families went into hiding in Holland, after some time both families were betrayed, captured and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
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 step-sister did not survive and was killed in Bergen-Belsen, but kept a diary that did. Her name was Anne Frank.
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 Eva signed the Anne Frank Peace Declaration along with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and the niece of Raul Wallenberg, a legendary figure who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest.
Eva joins many courageous individuals who work tirelessly to end the violence and bigotry plaguing our world. Her story is sensational and difficult to imagine. Yet, Eva’s insightful message reminds us that life is precious and fragile, the creative spirit is stronger than fear, the power of good is immeasurable, and that love makes a difference.
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