Anne Frank’s step sister to speak in Paradise Valley

Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s step sister, will speak in Paradise Valley on Feb. 3. (submitted photo)

On Feb. 13 Eva Schloss will speak in Paradise Valley to share her experience as the childhood friend and step sister of Anne Frank.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. at The Camelback Golf Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, in Paradise Valley. It will be suitable for people of all ages including teenagers, according to a press release.

This is a special opportunity to hear a first-hand account from someone whose life intersected with one of the most compelling figures in our history, the release stated.

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, the release stated. 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.

Ms. Schloss 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, Ms. 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.

Ms. Schloss joins many courageous individuals who work tirelessly to end the violence and bigotry that continue to plague our world. Her 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.

Tickets are available at www.JewishParadiseValley.com/AnneFrank.

Guests are encouraged to RSVP by Feb. 1 for an $18 ticket price; or cost at the door is $25.

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