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Eva Schloss - Surviving Auschwitz & The Holocaust

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Holocaust Survivor, Educator & Peace Activist

Eva Schloss is a Holocaust survivor, author, and public speaker, known for her incredible story of resilience and survival during World War II. As the stepsister of the iconic Anne Frank, Schloss has dedicated her life to preserving Anne’s legacy and educating others about the atrocities of the Holocaust. In this exclusive 2-hour video interview, Eva Schloss shares her harrowing experiences, her journey towards healing, and her message of hope for future generations.

Born on May 11, 1929, in Vienna, Austria, Eva Geiringer and her family were forced to flee to Belgium and then the Netherlands to escape the Nazis. In 1942, the Geiringer family went into hiding in Amsterdam, where they became close friends with the Frank family, including young Anne Frank. Unfortunately, both families were betrayed and arrested by the Nazis in 1944. Eva and her mother, Fritzi, were sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where they endured unimaginable hardships.

Eva and her mother were among the few who survived Auschwitz, as the camp was liberated by the Soviet Army in January 1945. After the war, they returned to Amsterdam, where they learned of the tragic fate of the Frank family. Otto Frank, Anne’s father and the sole survivor of the family, would later marry Eva’s mother, Fritzi, making Eva Anne’s posthumous stepsister. Together, they worked tirelessly to preserve Anne’s diary and ensure her story was shared with the world.


As a Holocaust survivor, Eva Schloss has made it her life’s mission to share her experiences and promote understanding, tolerance, and empathy. She has written several books, including her autobiography, “Eva’s Story,” which recounts her life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Eva has also been involved in numerous educational initiatives, including the Anne Frank Trust UK, which works to counteract prejudice and promote respect among young people.

In this exclusive video interview, Eva Schloss recounts her harrowing experiences during the Holocaust and the strength and resilience she found to survive. She shares her thoughts on the importance of educating future generations about the horrors of the past to ensure that such atrocities are never repeated. Her message of hope, forgiveness, and the power of human compassion serves as an inspiration to us all.

By watching this candid and powerful interview with Eva Schloss, you will gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust’s devastating impact and the resilience of the human spirit. Eva’s story is a testament to the power of hope and the importance of preserving history to ensure a brighter, more compassionate future.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Eva Schloss’s incredible story firsthand. Be inspired by her courage, determination, and unwavering hope in the face of adversity. As you watch this poignant interview, you’ll come away with a renewed sense of empathy, understanding, and a greater appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit.

Chapters

00:00 | Trailer
04:20 | Brian’s thoughts about the episode
07:02 | Brian’s introduction
07:40 | Eva’s memories of London from 1952, as she begins to make a new life
13:29 | Growing up in Vienna, Austria, she had a spirit of adventure
18:30 | Registered in a Jewish community, but with no anti-semitism until the Nazis marched in
22:11 | How an uneducated man like Hitler came to be elected and the rise of antisemitism in Germany
26:24 | Everyone thought the communists were the enemy, but Churchill realized it was the Nazis
29:24 | Eva thanks the Russians for her liberation, paying tribute to their courage and sacrifice in WWII
29:56 | From 1938, people’s rights were slowly taken from them
32:50 | Can you imagine what it feels like to a child to realise you are nothing
34:59 | 1939: Eva moves to Holland where she meets Anne Frank
38:54 | Eva meets Otto Frank, the father of Anne
39:38 | 1940: The Germans invaded Holland, and there was nowhere to escape
40:51 | The steps that were taken against the Jewish people, and the time when children started to disappear
43:01 | 1942: The family split up to go into hiding for two years
47:37 | Betrayed
48:58 | What it was like as a teenager to be in hiding
51:31 | Anne Frank was also in hiding, writing her diary which became the book “The Diary of a Young Girl
54:15 | Night” by Elie Wiesel in 1960 — too early for people to learn what happened in concentration camps
56:15 | On Eva’s 15th birthday, someone knocked on the door, and she was taken to Gestapo HQ for questioning
58:17 | She was in shock and was imprisoned with hundreds of other people. After that, they were brought to a holding camp
1:01:06 | Transportation to Auschwitz with no hope of staying alive. It was the camp where the family is split up
1:09:30 | Eva sees it all in front of her as if it were just yesterday. The images in her head will never go away
1:10:23 | Josef Mengele chose who should live and who should die
1:14:04 | The time when they were treated like an animal
1:22:56 | How do you keep any kind of hope in this type of situation
1:23:44 | Two miracles happen
1:35:26 | She witnessed terrible scenes of death
1:39:54 | Eva made an amazingly courageous move
1:41:17 | Eva nearly gave up and then another miracle happened
1:46:17 | In January 1945, there was another miracle for Eva
1:54:24 | The Russians arrived and traveled across Europe
2:05:14 | Travelling from Odessa to Holland
2:14:23 | The last straw for Eva
2:17:36 | What the following years were like for Eva
2:19:00 | Eva made a plea for today’s refugees and gave advice for Donald Trump
2:23:20 | How Eva sees the world today
2:27:51 | Her view of the Nuremberg Trials
2:29:18 | The way the world is going now scares Eva
2:30:43 | Are there still necessary reparations that must be made
2:36:19 | How Eva has healed over the years
2:41:13 | The world scares her now more than during the period after WWII
2:43:25 | Eva and her mother found the thirty paintings Otto (Anne Frank’s brother) hid under the floorboards
2:46:54 | What Eva wants people to take from this episode
2:55:09 | Brian was summing up.

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