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. They passed the time by skipping and playing hopscotch and marbles. 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. Her step-sister did not survive Auschwitz, but kept a diary that did. Her name was Anne Frank. (After the war, Eva's mother married Otto Frank.)
Since 1985, Mrs. 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 is a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust. She has written three books and is the subject of James Still's play, "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank," and Davina Pardo’s documentary "116 Cameras," which follows her, as she embarks on an ambitious new project: preserving her story as an interactive hologram that will have conversations with generations to come.
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 will be coming to Birmingham, Alabama on March 29, 2020 to share her amazing story.