‘I was in Anna’s shadow’: Stepsister of famous Holocaust victim survived ‘hell on earth’ in Auschwitz
Eva Schloss has a hectic schedule. If the 84-year-old isn’t in California, then perhaps she is in Florida, or upstate New York, or at a podium in some European capital or else some place nearer to the apartment she shares with her husband, Zvi, 88, in London.
The woman speaks at schools, at prisons and in churches; she speaks to politicians and college professors; and on Monday she will address an audience at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto as part of the Uptown Chabad’s sixth annual gala dinner.
The story she tells is her own. It is about Auschwitz and being a 15-year-old girl, an Austrian Jew. It is a story about hunger and death, about losing her father and brother, and being unable to speak about all the horrors she witnessed for 40 years afterward.
Lots of people have famous siblings. Movie stars and athletes and world leaders, they all come from somewhere. They have parents and brothers and sisters who live with the spotlight but are never quite in it. And it is not always an easy thing to be, being the sibling of So-and-So.
Well, So-and-So for Eva Schloss is Anna Frank, although we know her as Anne Frank, the diarist, the young Holocaust victim who was brought to life through her writings and who, in death, acquired a stepsister when her father, Otto Frank, married Eva’s mother, Fritzi Geiringer, in 1953. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)