FAH-DENG: Holocaust Survivor Talks about Auschwitz, by Ms. Eva Schloss
|Ms. Eva Schloss|
|15 Jan 2020|
27th January 2020 marks the Seventh-Fifth Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet Army. To mark this important event, ninety-year-old Eva Schloss, who survived the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, will be at UM to tell you her story. Born in Vienna, Eva fled to the Netherlands and in 1942 Eva and her family went into hiding but were betrayed in May 1944 and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. By extraordinary strokes of luck she and her mother were still alive when the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz on 27th January 1945. They were only later to find out that her father and brother died near Mauthausen in April 1945.
When Eva and her family arrived in Amsterdam in 1940, they were neighbours with the Frank family and she and Anne Frank were almost exactly the same age (Eva a month older), and so they became playmates. When Eva and her mother returned to Amsterdam, they came across the grieving Otto Frank, still coming to terms with news of the death of his wife Edith in Auschwitz (which he too survived) and his daughters Margot and Anne in Bergen Belsen. Otto and Eva’s mother, Fritzi became close and found comfort in each other, each coming to terms with their loss and they eventually married, so Otto Frank became Eva’s stepfather and Anne Frank her posthumous stepsister!
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