Auschwitz survivor to tell about experience

Katie Fickle


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Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank’s stepsister, will tell her story Tuesday at noon at the Kent Stage following a multimedia performance, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank.”

Chaya Kessler, Jewish Studies program director and lecturer, said she wanted the event to be different than the one Schloss spoke at when she came to Kent State two years ago.

Kessler organized the multimedia performance, which is being performed in other areas around the country, with Schloss’s speech to link a real life experience to the play.

“This is a first-hand account of a person who has been there, who has a story to tell,” Kessler said. “By putting together the play, we are really engaging different ages together.”

Schloss, a visionary-award winner for Women of Inspiration and Enterprise, was born in 1929 in Vienna, Austria. Schloss and her family immigrated to Holland in 1938 and went into hiding in 1942 when the Germans invaded. Two years later, Schloss and her family were sent to Auschwitz, where only she and her mother survived.

Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father, was the only member of Anne Frank’s family to survive. After the war Schloss’s mother and Frank got married.

“Schloss says her story picks up where Anne’s left off because Anne died and Eva survived,” Kessler said.

Members of the Kent State community are involved in the play, and an actor from Akron will perform in it as well.

The event is free and open to the public.

“I think the reward is going to be great,” Kessler said. “I think this is going to touch many lives. It’s an opportunity for all students attending to hear the story.”

Contact Katie Fickle at [email protected].