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Otto Frank’s Stepdaughter Eva Schloss: “A miracle happened: the Nazis are gone from the camp”

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This miracle happened at the end of World War II, January 27th 1945: the Red Army freed Auschwitz-Birkenau, the death camp on the territory of present-day Poland. Decades later, on january 26th 2012 Eva Minni Schloss, who was set free  in 1945 at that exact date, met with the soldiers-liberators in the Memorial Synagogue on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow.

In 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, but in Russia, the successor of the USSR, this day is not honored at the national level so far.

For many years, most ceremonial events are held in the Memorial Synagogue by the Centre “Holocaust” and its partners who advocate for the establishment in Russia of a National Remembrance Day of Holocaust victims and soldiers-liberators. This year the ceremonial events included the opening of the exhibitions “Anne Frank. History lesson” and “Drawings of pupils and students ― participants of the contest of works on the Holocaust”, an awards ceremony for the winners of International Contest of works about Holocaust, speeches of ambassadors of Israel, Germany, a congressman from the USA, a representative of the Council of Europe, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Gypsy ensemble and others. But the most important was a meeting of Eva Schloss with three veterans who gave freedom and new life to the prisoners of the camp 67 years ago.

“Desire to live kept me going”
Eva Geiringer was born in Austria, Anne Frank ― in Germany in 1929. Their families immigrated to Netherlands saving themselves from manhunt of Nazis. They lived on the Merwedeplein square opposite each other. In 1940, Germans occupied Netherlands, too; in 1942, the two girls and their families hided in shelters. In 1944, both families were betrayed, and the Nazis sent them to death camps.

The only one survived from the Frank family was Otto. People who had seen Anne in the camp stated that the girl lost hope and strength to fight.
Of all the Geiringer family, only Eva and her mother Frizi survived. Eva confessed that “a desire to live kept her going.”

They were evacuated to Chernovtsy because the war was still going on; in June 1945 they came back to Amsterdam.

After the war Eva learned history of arts in the University of Amsterdam. In 1951, she moved to London to study photography. In 1952, she got married to Zvi Schloss. In 1953, her mother married Otto Frank.

Zvi and Eva live in London; they have three daughters and five grandchildren.

“Never Again”
On January 27th RIA-Novosti held a press conference with Eva Schloss. According to her, after the war the world kept asserting: “Never again, never again”, but the events kept repeating themselves. Since 1985 Eva is an active enlightener: she wrote an autobiography “Eva’s Story”, she participates in the meetings at universities, schools, churches, “so that hatred, enmity and different kinds of xenophobia will never be a part of modern world.”

She recieved an honorary doctorte of Civil Law in the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England. She is a founding trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, UK, she actively participates in the work with teenagers connected with subjects of teaching on Holocaust, human rights, identity and tolerance.
In 1988, the story of Eva was published (“Eva’s Story”) and, together with “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank (originally published under the name “Shelter”), it became one of the most known evidence of Holocaust in the USA and Europe. “In the book, Eva honestly describes her fear of soviet soldiers ― what if they try to rape or torture? And with the same honesty she thanks them for these fears to be in vain and for the given freedom”, ― says the representative of the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam) Sergei Kulchevich who accompanied Eva and her daughter Jacqueline Hovelsen from London to Moscow and back.

In 1995, an educational play “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” was created in cooperation with the playwright James Still. It is about the lives of four teenagers during the Holocaust. Performances were held in the USA, Great Britain, Europe, Australia and also in Russian Embassy in London on December 12th 2011.

In 2005, Eva and Barbara Povers, professor from Michigan, co-wrote a book “Promise” in which Eva described her brother and father with the loss of whom she still cannot cope.

Another “History Lesson”
On January 23-24th, the team of YHRM trainers held a seminar to teach school pupils to be guides in exhibition “Anne Frank. History Lesson”. “For me, this exhibition is an opportunity to talk about current problems related to human rights violations of certain minorities - people who, during the Nazi times like Anne Frank, like Eva Schloss and many millions of Jewish people, Gypsies, homosexuals, political opponents, had a hard time of the omnipotence of majority”, ― told to the young guides Anastasia Denisova, the trainer.

The exhibition will stay till February 22; you can visit it in the afternoon previously sending us a request to this address:

Lena Dudukina,
“Anne Frank. History Lesson” Project Coordinator in Russia