Elfriede Geiringer and Eva Schloss (1989)
11 May 1929
|Residence||London, England, UK|
|Alma mater||University of Amsterdam|
|Known for||Holocaust survivor, stepsister of Margot Frank and Anne Frank|
|Eva's Story |
(m. 1952; died 2016)
|Parent(s)||Erich Geiringer (father)|
Elfriede Geiringer (mother)
Eva Geiringer was born in Austria, and shortly after the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938, her family emigrated to Belgium and finally to the Netherlands. While there, she lived in the same apartment block as Anne Frank, and the girls, only a month apart in age, were sometimes playmates from ages 11 to 13, at which time both went into hiding from the Nazis. In May 1944, the Jewish family was captured by the Nazis, and transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camps. Her father and brother did not survive the ordeal, but she and her mother were freed in 1945 by Soviet troops. They returned to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and during this time, she and her mother renewed their friendship with Otto Frank, who was at that time contending with the loss of his wife and children, and the discovery of his daughter Anne's diary. Eva continued her schooling and then studied art history at the University of Amsterdam. She then traveled to England to study photography for a year. While there, she met and married Zvi Schloss, a Jewish refugee from Germany who had been living in Israel, and the couple subsequently settled in England. In November 1953, her mother Elfriede (1905–1998) married Otto Frank.
Schloss speaks of her family's experiences during the Holocaust at educational institutions. For her dedication to this work, Northumbria University in England awarded Schloss an honorary doctorate in 2001.
Eva Schloss is a co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK. Playwright James Still described her experiences as a persecuted young Jewish woman in the play And Then They Came for Me – Remembering the World of Anne Frank. Schloss has three daughters and lives in London. Her husband Zvi Schloss, a refugee from Nazi Germany whose father was imprisoned in Dachau, died on 3 July 2016.
In an effort to preserve the memories of Holocaust survivors for future generations, Schloss recorded virtual reality answers to numerous questions while holographic technology recorded the sessions. The hologram has now become a part of interactive displays at numerous museums, where people can ask questions and receive recorded answers from the hologram.
- Eva's Story
- The Promise
- After Auschwitz
- Hell and Back
- "Eva Schloss, Otto Frank's stepdaughter, awarded MBE in New Year's Honours". Anne Frank Foundation website. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Eva Schloss". Anne Frank Trust UK. Archived from the original on 11 March 2011.
- "Auschwitz survivor receives degree", BBC, 24 July 2001.
- "I've been haunted by Anne Frank's memory for so long ", The Guardian, 6 April 2013.
- Zvi and Eva Schloss papers
- "Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss recorded in virtual reality". Bbc.com/news. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
- Literature by and about Eva Schloss in the German National Library catalogue
- Eva Schloss website, evaschloss.com; accessed 26 September 2014.
- Anne Sebba: "The story of Eva Schloss, Anne Frank's stepsister", The Times, 6 January 2009.
- Candice Krieger: "Eva Schloss is using her experience of Auschwitz and the Nazis to fight knife crime", The Jewish Chronicle, 28 August 2008.
- Ori Golan: "Anne Frank: A Stepsister’s Story", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles; accessed 26 September 2014.
- "Remembering Anne Frank", cnn.com; accessed 26 September 2014.