Saturday, March 4, 2017

An Evening with Eva Schloss

I have been behind in blogging, but I wanted to write about an amazing experience that my girlfriend and I had a couple of weeks ago. Eva Schloss came to Knoxville to speak. Eva Schloss was the stepsister of Anne Frank, and Mrs. Schloss was also a Holocaust survivor who spent time at Auschwitz. We decided to buy tickets to hear Mrs. Schloss speak because many Holocaust survivors are no longer alive, and this number will only continue to increase. 

Mrs. Schloss told us about her childhood and how she knew Anne Frank and told some personal stories. Then she discussed her experience in hiding from the Nazis and finally being discovered and taken to the concentration camp. One of the most eye opening experiences that I felt during the lecture was her story about how her family (among many others) were separated. She also told the story of how people were grouped and sent to the gas chamber at the concentration camps, which she referred to as "death camps." Another chilling moment to me was when she showed the audience her tattoo from the concentration camp. She told the audience that she shows this to show proof to those that said that the Holocaust was a lie. 

Then she talked about how it took her many years to be able to tell her story. My girlfriend bought Eva's book before the show, and she opened the book to find that Mrs. Schloss had signed the book. At the end, we watched an inspirational video from the local Jewish school in Knoxville. I am so glad that we had this experience to hear a living Holocaust survivor, and I recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor speak, take that opportunity. 

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  1. A good book to buy (kindle is cheapest) to get individual stories of being in either the Death Camps or Work Camps around Europe is "Our Crime Was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories" compiled by Anthony S. Pitch. One can never hear or read too many stories of the Jewish Holocaust (or any of the incidents of genocide occurring around the world)! To expose ourselves to the atrocities people had to endure helps us to remember, and hopefully, prevent that type of evil from being perpetrated again. George Santayana said it best: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I refuse to be silent so even if I must stand alone, I WILL stand and remember and speak out against evil such as the Holocaust and its perpetrators! I'm glad you got to listen to Frau Schloss! When Holocaust Remembrance Day comes around, you should include it in your lesson (I know it's not Maths but you can fit it into your lessons!).

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    1. First off, let me apologize for delaying in responding to your comment. I appreciate the book recommendation. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to do so, and it is something that I will cherish forever. I agree wholeheartedly!! Thanks for your comment!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experience Jonathan. Now that many survivors are no longer living, it is up to the sons and daughters of survivors to carry on the collective memory so that this kind of evil never happens any people ever again. My husband is part of such a group of sons and daughters of survivors who speak with school groups. My husband's approach is to engage students with a message of anti-bullying. Using your blog takes courage and faith that your message is important. Some folks don't get, especially in this climate, that although we present as caucasian, we feel, "other."
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcON0z8IPeQ

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    2. Sorry for delaying in responding, Amy. That is so true. I didn't realize that your husband's family were Holocaust survivors. I will also check out the video! Thanks for stopping by!

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