Stepsister of Anne Frank to Visit Cincinnati’s Holocaust Museum

Contact: Kara Driscoll, Holocaust & Humanity Center, (513) 638-0508, [email protected]

HHC to Host Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss for Third Anniversary at Union Terminal

CINCINNATI (December 16, 2021) – Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss — the posthumous stepsister of Anne Frank — will tell her remarkable story live at the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal next month.  

On January 26 at 7 p.m., the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Schloss will be in conversation with HHC CEO Sarah L. Weiss to commemorate the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s third anniversary at Union Terminal. The event will also be streamed on Zoom.

“It is a rare opportunity for Cincinnatians to be able to hear Eva’s firsthand account of her experiences,” Weiss said. “We look forward to her visit to our museum and city as we commemorate our third anniversary at Union Terminal.”

Born Eva Geiringer in Vienna, Austria, Schloss and her family fled to the Netherlands after Germany annexed Austria in 1938. They were neighbors of Anne Frank’s family during their time in Amsterdam. After the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, Schloss and her family went into hiding. The family was later betrayed and sent to Westerbork Concentration Camp and then to Auschwitz II-Birkenau. After the war, Schloss and her mother moved back to Amsterdam and reconnected with Otto Frank, whom her mother married.

Before the event, HHC will celebrate the launch of her testimony in our newest exhibit, Dimensions in Testimony. Using specialized recording and display technologies and next-generation natural language processing, Dimensions in Testimony allows visitors to ask two-dimensional displays of Holocaust survivors questions and receive responses in real time. There will also be a short commemoration for International Holocaust Remembrance Day at 6:30 p.m. prior to the event with Schloss.

The event is part of a week-long commemoration of HHC’s third anniversary. January 27 also marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the United Nations urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

To ensure the health and safety of all guests, proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of all in-person events will be required upon entry.

Other events include:

  • Wednesday, January 26, 11 a.m. EST: HHC will host a special Holocaust Speaker Series, sponsored by Margaret & Michael Valentine, via Zoom.
  • Sunday, January 30, 4 p.m.: Don’t miss a special performance of American Jewish composer Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.” As a child during World War II, Steve Reich rode trains between his divorced parents in New York and Los Angeles. “Different Trains” weaves together compelling stories of the Holocaust with a state-of-the-art multi-media presentation set to moving orchestral arrangement performed by local Cincinnati string quartet, 4-Way. “Different Trains” is generously funded by the Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation.

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The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, HHC educates more than 200,000 community members through its educational initiatives, innovative digital and in-person programs, virtual tours, and partnerships. For more information, visit www.holocaustandhumanity.org