For the past 12 years, Viterbo University has been bringing Holocaust survivors to the area.
At 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss will return to speak at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center.
In 1938, Germany invaded Austria, causing many Jewish families to flee. Among the emigrants was eight-year-old Eva Geiringer, who with her mother, father and brother moved first to Belgium and then to Holland, where one of her neighbors was a German, Jewish girl of the same age.
The two girls became friends and playmates. Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to Auschwitz. Later they would become stepsisters.
Schloss survived Auschwitz and moved to England where she married and raised three daughters. Her stepsister did not survive Auschwitz, but kept a diary that did. Her name was Anne Frank. Eva’s mother Fritzi married Otto Frank, Anne’s father, in 1953.
Since 1985, Eva has devoted herself to Holocaust education. She speaks worldwide, has written three books, and had a play written about her life. That play, "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank," will be performed at the La Crosse Community Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 19 and 20 with 88-year-old Eva present. She will do a Q & A after each performance. Tickets go on sale at the Weber Center Aug. 7th.
Tickets, $15 balcony and $10 orchestra, for Eva’s presentation at Viterbo go on sale 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Viterbo Box Office, online at www.viterbo.edu/tickets, or call 608-796-3100.
Darryle Clott, La Crosse