Anne Frank's Step-Sister Speaks Out in New Book

Eva Schloss, 83, Says Trauma Continued Through Her Lifetime

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Published April 08, 2013.
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As the step-sister of World War II diarist Anne Frank, Eva Schloss was in great demand when she went public with her story of surviving Auschwitz but now she hopes a new memoir will highlight another issue - surviving life after the Holocaust.

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Schloss, 83, said it was increasingly important that aging Holocaust survivors pass on their stories while they still can so younger generations understand the suffering Jewish people faced and the consequences of prejudice.

With her memoir, “After Auschwitz: A Story of Heartbreak and Survival by the Stepsister of Anne Frank”, released this week, Schloss said she hoped to convey the message that the horrors continued for a lifetime.

“People have no idea how traumatic it was to cope with such loss, with living in a different country,” Schloss told Reuters on Monday, a Holocaust Memorial Day commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

“After the war Europe was in chaos and no one wanted to know what had happened to you. People felt guilty. You had to stay quiet and suppress your fears which came out in nightmares. You just had to try to live with it.”

Schloss was arrested in Amsterdam in May, 1944, on her 15th birthday during the German occupation of the Netherlands and, with her mother, was forced to listen to her brother and father being tortured in the next room while in detention.

The family was briefly reunited on a train to a Dutch holding camp but was then moved to Auschwitz where women and men were separated. Schloss never saw her father or brother again.

A similar fate befell Eva’s playmate and neighbour Anne Frank who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Frank survived two years in hiding in Amsterdam where she wrote her diary that highlights real lives during the Holocaust.


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