I was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929. As our family was Jewish, we immigrated to Belgium and eventually to Holland in 1938, shortly after Hitler annexed Austria. After the Germans invaded Holland in 1942, our family went into hiding. In May 1944, we were betrayed, captured by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The whole point of the process was the de-humanization of us. When we were liberated by the Russians and they shared their bread and water with us, I cried. That was a kind, human action.
Only my mother and I survived. My father and brother did not. My mother and I were liberated by the Russian army in January 1945 and evacuated eastward into Russia, as fighting was still going on to the west. In May 1945, we were repatriated to Amsterdam.
I resumed my education and eventually passed my matriculation examination. I then studied History of Art at Amsterdam University for a year. In 1951, I moved to London to train as a professional photographer. I worked there in a commercial studio for five years. In 1952 I married Zvi Schloss. In 1953, my mother married Otto Frank, the widowed father of the diarist Anne Frank.
I live in London and have three daughters and five grandchildren. Sadly my dear husband Zvi passed away in 2016.
From 1972 until 1997, I ran an antiques shop in Edgware, London. Since 1985, I have become increasingly active in Holocaust education, and was thrilled to receive and Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England. I also became a Trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, U.K.
In 1988 Eva’s Story was published, providing many opportunities for me to share my experiences. In 1995, I cooperated with playwright James Still in the creation of the educational play, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank about four teenagers in the Holocaust. The play has been widely performed and I have had the honor of sharing my experiences in cities across the United States, in England, Europe and Australia. In 2005 I wrote The Promise with Barbara Powers, an educator from Michigan. It includes a strong message about a chain of goodwill that has been appreciated by people of all ages.
In 2014, I wrote and published my third book “After Auschwitz”
Many individuals respond to my story expressing shock, deep sadness and concern. Some communities act on these concerns, share their stories of the past and their hopes for the future, listen to the older generation and enlighten the youth.
Eva at the Stadsarchief Amsterdam, the exhibition ‘In Memoriam’
Anne Frank’s Step-Sister, Eva, Remembers
BBC News: Holocaust Survivor Visits Lambert School
Orange County Register introduces Eva
In 1999, Eva joined United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan signing the Anne Frank Peace Declaration, along with a niece of Raul Wallenberg, a Schindler-like hero who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest.”
Scotland Remembers the Holocaust
Ventura county star presents Eva
‘Auschwitz Survivor Receives Degree.’ BBC News: July 24, 2001.
Leaving a Mark: The Story of an Auschwitz Survivor is a documentary produced by Dheer Sujan of Radio Netherlands