Mrs Eva Schloss
Stepsister of Anne Frank
President Ana Mari Cauce
Soon all Holocaust survivors will be gone!
Will their personal stories of tolerance, diversity and triumph be remembered?
The University of Washington community has an exclusive opportunity never to forget one such story—as told by Eva Schloss, the stepsister of Anne Frank.
Eva Schloss will be traveling from London to share her story of triumph and survival with the University of Washington community in conversation with University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce.
This historic event will be taking place Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at the Husky Union Building at the University of Washington with over 1400 attendees expected. It’s a once-in-a-life opportunity to hear Eva’s holocaust story.
Eva’s amazing story will be enhanced with a display of prints of the paintings by her brother, Heinz Geiringer. This world-famous artwork was painted while in hiding and portrays the stunning and impactful landscape of a holocaust family’s life in an Amsterdam attic.
We are thrilled and excited to share Eva and her story. Please consider helping us make this extraordinary event a huge success and educational experience for all.
About Mrs. Eva Schloss
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.
In July of 1942, both girls and their families went into hiding in Holland, after some time both families were betrayed, captured and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
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 and was killed in Bergen-Belsen, 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 plaguing our world. Her story is sensational and difficult to imagine. Yet, Eva's insightful message reminds us that life is precious and fragile, the creative spirit is stronger than fear, the power of good is immeasurable, and that love makes a difference.
Another piece of the story...
Sadness & Hope
Paintings by a father and son
hiding during the holocaust
In 1944, after being in hiding for two years, Eva's entire family
was betrayed and put on a train to Auschwitz.
It was on this train that Eva's brother Heinz told her he had hidden paintings that he and their father created while in hiding.
After Eva and her mother survived the horrors of Auschwitz, they found the paintings under the attic floor with a note that read: "property of Eric and Hein Geiringer from Amsterdam, who are in hiding and will collect the items after the war."
We are thrilled to present an exhibition of print copies of paintings by Heinz and Erich.