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After Auschwitz – Eva Schloss

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On my book list, the first of my challenge was to read Eva Schloss’s After Auschwitz.

I have been interested in WWII since 1970’s when as a kid, I started to watch “The World At War” at my Nan’s house on a Sunday. I found that I was fascinated about what happened, and moreover why. Like everyone, I could not understand why people would do such things to others. As an adult, I have read and watched so much about the genocide and will never understand the hate that the German authorities had towards other human beings.

Eva and her mother survived being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau on her 15th Birthday. Her book talks a little about the camps and how she ended up there, but more importantly, what happened after she and her mother were liberated.

Eva is mainly known for being the co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK, and of course also as the Stepsister of Anne Frank.

This is an incredible book focusing on her life after liberation, how she moved forward, helped others to move on with their life, and above all remember the people who lost their lives through the Anne Frank Trust UK.

I have just bought another of her books entitled Eva’s Story: A survivor’s tale by the step-sister of Anne Frank which covers her time in the death camps and the detailed ordeals her and her family endured.


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  1. I decided to read up a bit on her online after reading your entry, and apparently Anne’s family and Eva’s family were neighbors before the Holocaust and the two girls knew each other. It’s so sad how many lives were taken or ruined by the Holocaust. I don’t think I can fathom how much evil was in the hearts of the Nazis behind it.

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    • Mr Knitter says:

      Eva was born in Vienna and Anne in Frankfurt. But due to the Nazis both their families eventually moved to Amsterdam, and yes, they both lived in Merwedeplein which is about 5km south of the Anne Frank House. The Anne Frank House is only where Anne and her family lived when hiding from the Nazis. The house was actually an office and warehouse building. I have since bought the Diary of Anne Frank. When we were in Amsterdam we went to this house, but the queue was about three quarters of a mile long (no exaggeration) and M could not stand in it due to his disability.

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      • I first got a copy of Diary of a Young Girl when I was 13 (coincidentally, the same age Anne was when she began keeping her diary), and I must have read it from cover to cover a dozen times since then. Unfortunately, I’ve never traveled outside the US or have had the opportunity to do so, but I would love to go to so many different European cities, if given the chance.

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