The Story of Anne Frank’s Stepsister

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Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor who also happens to be the stepsister of Anne Frank, recently recounted her inspirational story at the Arvada Center. 

 

Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor who also happens to be the stepsister of Anne Frank, recently recounted her inspirational story at the Arvada Center. 

 

At the age of nine, Eva moved to Amsterdam to get away from the Nazis in her birth city, Vienna. She was friends with Anne Frank, but as Eva was a tomboy and Anne was a sophisticated young lady, they didn't ever become that close.

 

In 1942, she said, "It became even more difficult to lead a regular life." For two years, her family was split up: her brother and father separated from Eva and her mother. They were dependent on the Resistance to house them, but were continually moving until they were caught, betrayed on Eva's fifteenth birthday by a double-agent nurse.

 

She and her mother were shipped off to Auschwitz, where the conditions almost killed them. The acid showers, meager meals, and hard labor were a reality in her days. "You were just too tired to speak," she said.

 

When World War II came to a close, the Nazis evacuated the prisoners on a Death March. Eva and her mother had a different plan, though, hiding in the camp and waiting until the Russian military found and helped them.

 

After the war, they returned to Amsterdam, finding that her brother and father hadn't survived. Otto Frank had also lost his family. One day, he came over to their home and said, "I must show you something. Anne's diary." Eva's mother, Elfriede Geiringer, assisted in its publication process, and she and Otto eventually married.

 

The hardest part for her was suffering depression from a "not real" life. "I had survived with all my will that we would get back to our old life," she said. 

 

Regardless of her WWII affected life, Eva Schloss has touched many in her 85 years. She lives what she says, "Everything that you have done, that you have achieved is a link in a chain. Somebody will always remember you. You will not be forgotten."