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May  05, 2008

Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss to present Geifman Lecture in Holocaust Studies

Eva Schloss, a step-sister to Anne Frank and survivor of the Holocaust, will present the Geifman Lecture in Holocaust Studies at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Augustana's Wallenberg Hall (inside Denkmann Memorial Hall, 3520 7th Ave.).  The lecture is open to the public, free of charge.

Eva Schloss is the subject of the play "And Then They Came for Me," which is being performed throughout the Quad Cities during the course of her visit to this community. After World War II, her mother married Anne Frank's father, forever linking her own remarkable story with one of the most poignant accounts of the Holocaust, The Diary of Anne Frank.

Eva Geiringer Schloss was born in Vienna in 1929. When Adolf Hitler annexed Austria in 1938, the Geiringer family emigrated to Holland. By 1942, Eva and her mother, father and brother were forced into hiding. Then in May of 1944, on Eva's 15th birthday, the entire family was captured after being betrayed by a double agent in the Dutch Underground. The family was sent to Auschwitz, and by the time the Soviet army liberated the camp in January of 1945, only Eva and her mother, both barely alive, were among the handful of survivors.

Schloss and her mother were finally repatriated to Amsterdam in May 1945. In 1951, Schloss moved to London where she met and married Zvi Schloss. The couple had three daughters. In 1953, Eva celebrated another happy occasion, the marriage of her mother to Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, whom Eva had known during earlier years in Amsterdam.

In conjunction with the visit of Eva Schloss to the Quad Cities, "And Then They Came for Me," written by James Still, will be performed in high schools across the Quad Cities, including two public performances: on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Davenport North High School, 626 W. 53rd Street, Davenport, and on May 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Alleman High School, 1103 40th Street, Rock Island. On Sunday, May 4, Schloss was the featured speaker in the annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Service held at the Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island.

The play combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives. Ed was Anne Frank's first boyfriend and she wrote about him in her diary. Eva Schloss will appear at each presentation to answer questions from the audience.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu