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Anne Frank’s stepsister to make appearance in St. Pete on Feb. 10

Eva Schloss has written a book about her connection to Anne Frank and her own story of survival. Eva Schloss has written a book about her connection to Anne Frank and her own story of survival. Author and Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, will speak on Monday evening, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Schloss, born Eva Geiringer, will tell her story of survival and how she and her mother rebuilt their lives after the war. She will give a first-hand account of the discovery and printing of Anne Frank’s famous diary and provide insights into the world she and Anne Frank lived in. This will be Schloss’ first visit to the Tampa Bay area.

In 1938, Germany invaded Austria, causing many Jewish families to flee 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 – Anne Frank. From 1940 to 1942, the two girls became friends and playmates and passed time by skipping, playing hopscotch and marbles, and drinking lemonade that Anne’s mother prepared.

But as Nazi oppression of Jews escalated, both families separately went into hiding. In 1944 both families were captured by Nazis (Eva and her family were taken on Eva’s 15th birthday) and deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Anne Frank, her mother and sister died there, as did Eva’s father and brother.

Anne’s father, Otto, as well as Eva and her mother, Elfriede, were liberated in 1945 by Russian troops. Eva and her mother returned to the Netherlands after the war. Otto Frank had also returned and Eva recalled when he told her and her mother that all of his family had been killed.

“A few days later he came again with a little parcel under his arm and he opened it very carefully, very expectant, and I remember it very clearly and it was the diary,” Schloss recalled in an interview with school students about 10 years ago. “It was for him really, a lifeline to life again because before that he was in a desperate state but through the diary, he found that Anne was still really with him and then later it was his task to publish it and promote her story.”

In time, Elfredie and Otto found solace in one another’s company. By 1952 Eva had completed school, moved to London and that year married Ziz Schloss. In 1953, Eva’s mother married Otto Frank, and the couple devoted their lives to the message of Anne Frank.

Schloss has written two books, Eva’s Story and The Promise. Eva’s Story, published in 1988, is about her story of survival and her connection to Anne Frank. In 2005 The Promise was published. She wrote it with Barbara Powers, an educator from Michigan. “It includes a strong message about a chain of goodwill that has been appreciated by people of all ages,” Schloss says. She also is co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK. She is the subject of James Still’s play, And then they came for Me: Remembering the world of Anne Frank. She and her husband live in London and have three daughters.

“Eva is a courageous individual who works tirelessly to end the violence and bigotry that continues to plague our world,” said Rabbi Alter Korf, of the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg, the organization sponsoring the event. “We are honored and excited to play host to this great person.”

The presentation is suitable for teens and adults.

The Palladium Theatre is located at 253 25th Ave. N. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 before Jan. 31 and $28 thereafter. Student discount upper-level seating is $15. A $150 VIP ticket includes a VIP seat, private cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. with Schloss and a signed copy of Eva’s Story.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit; or call (727) 344-4900.

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