When Eva Geiringer was a little girl, her classmates told her about ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, the Disney film playing at that time in the movie theatres. That time was the Second World War, during the occupation of the Netherlands, where Eva was living. Like any other Jewish child she was forbidden to go to the cinema. “Hearing the Christian children talking about the film was already a tragedy,” Eva, now named Mrs. Schloss, recalls.
Things got even worse. In 1942 the family decided to go into hiding. Two years later they were betrayed and wound up in Auschwitz — only she and her mother survived.
Back in Amsterdam they met their old neighbour, also Jewish. He had lost his entire family in the concentration camps. He became friends with Mrs. Schloss’s mother and eventually her lover.
“He looked like a ghost,” Mrs. Schloss said. “One day he came to us with a little parcel. It was a diary.” The man was Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank. “It took him three weeks to read it,” she remembered, “and he said, ‘I didn’t really know my own child.’”
These days Eva Schloss is 85 years old. She raised three daughters, worked as a photographer and owned an antiques shop. In 1988 she published ‘Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank’.
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