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.
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 step-sister did not survive Auschwitz, 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 that continue to plague our world. Eva’s story is sensational and difficult to imagine, yet her insightful message reminds us that life is precious and fragile, that the creative spirit is stronger than fear, that the power of good is immeasurable, and that love makes a difference.
Chabad of the Tri-Valley is honored to sponsor an evening with Eva Schloss, step sister of Anne Frank, at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton at 7:30PM on Monday, January 14. Eva tells her amazing story in a manner that is entirely suitable for teens. We are especially interested in attracting teens to this event, as there will be very few remaining opportunities to hear first-hand accounts from concentration camp survivors, especially one like Eva whose life intersected with one of the most compelling personalities of our time. Families of all faiths are encouraged to attend.
Ticket prices are $36 for floor, $30 for balcony, $18 for seniors and $15 for students. A VIP package featuring priority seating and a private reception with Eva Schloss is also available. To purchase tickets call 925.846.0700 or visit http://www.jewishtrivalley.com.