MEDFORD, Ore. — An iconic survivor of the Holocaust will be coming to Medford next Monday to share her story. Eva Schloss is the stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank.
The presentation is called "A Story of Triumph: Learning from the Past, Living the Present, Looking to the Future," and is sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon.
"The window of opportunity for anybody who survived the Holocaust is naturally closing. It is therefore so imperative to come hear them share their stories," said Rabbi Avi Zwiebel, director of the Chabad Jewish Center.
Zwiebel says that he has been trying for years to have Schloss speak in Southern Oregon, and he was excited to learn that her schedule finally permitted her to visit. The 90-year-old Schloss will be traveling to Oregon from England for this event.
Chabad describes Schloss' story as mirroring that of Anne Frank in many ways. Both families moved to Holland in an attempt to escape persecution in Germany and Austria. Schloss and Frank met when they were 11 years old, just two years before their families were forced into hiding.
Both the Schloss and Frank families were found and arrested by the Nazis in 1944. While Anne's story ended in the concentration camps, Schloss endured through Auschwitz and beyond.
“Eva’s story is the encore. Her story picks up where Anne’s left off,” said Rabbi Zwiebel. “It’s not just the tragedy, but the will for survival — and the miracles. There is so much to learn from Eva, and when you hear the history from someone who was there, it is a totally different experience. We are the last generation who will hear from Holocaust survivors. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Schloss has been sharing her story for the past 30 years in an attempt to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.
“Today, again, there is war, suffering and intolerance.” Schloss said. “The younger generation has to learn and do better in the future. I can’t change the world, but I can slowly, perhaps influence individuals, who will then influence someone else.”
Details about the event may be found below.
An Evening with Eva Schloss
When: 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11.
Where: Medford Armory, 1701 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501
Cost: Tickets are $25 for Adults, $18 for youth. VIP reception with Eva Schloss at 5:30 p.m.
Ticket link: www.Chabadofashland.org/annefrank