Published On: Thu, Feb 6th, 2014

Anna Frank’s stepsister, Eva Schloss comes to Florida to discuss holocaust

PRESS RELEASE: The stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, Holocaust survivor and author, Eva Schloss will be speaking in St. Petersburg on Monday evening, February 10 at The Palladium Theatre.  Her compelling story of survival and how she and her mother rebuilt their lives is gripping. The presentation will be suitable for teenagers and families of all faiths.

Eva Scholss  photo/ http://www.evaschloss.com/

Eva Scholss photo/ http://www.evaschloss.com/

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. Her name was Anne Frank.

The two girls became friends and playmates. They passed the time by skipping, playing hopscotch and marbles, and drinking lemonade that the Anne’s mother prepared. Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

She recalls the day Anne Frank’s father showed her a small package containing his daughter’s diary, and his path in bringing himself back to life by publishing the diary around the world.

“Eva is a courageous individual who works tirelessly to end the violence and bigotry that continues to plague our world” said Rabbi Alter Korf, of the Chabad Jewish Center of S. Petersburg, the organization sponsoring the event. “We are honored and excited to play host to this great person.”

Schloss has never visited the Tampa Bay area, and it is likely she will not return. Organizers say they are expecting a large turnout from across the spectrum of the greater community.

It will be taking place on Monday, February 10 at 7:30 pm at The Palladium Theatre, 253 25th Ave N. The doors to the theater will be open at 7:00 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit; www.chabadsp.com.

Mrs. Eva Schloss is Anne Frank’s stepsister and a Holocaust survivor. Since 1985, Eva Schloss has devoted herself to holocaust education and global peace. 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. 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.

Visit her website: http://www.evaschloss.com/

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