Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss-Geiringer, Otto Frank's stepdaughter, has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year's Honours for her services to Holocaust education and the Anne Frank Trust UK.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Eva Schloss is one of the co-founders of the Anne Frank Trust UK and since 1990 has been a trustee of the charity. Eva has worked tirelessly since the publication of her first book Eva’s Story in 1988 to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to countless people, in the UK and around the world. She has also been recognised with two honorary doctorates from universities. Each time she tells her story she adds a new insight or perspective.
Eva was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929. With her parents Erich and Fritzi and brother Heinz she fled from the Nazis to the Netherlands in 1938. The Geiringer family settled in Amsterdam and lived on the Merwedeplein 46, opposite the Frank family. Heinz Geiringer, like Margot Frank, received a summons in July 1942 to report for transport to a "labour camp" in Germany. The next day the family went into hiding. They were betrayed in May 1944 and sent to the Auschwitz extermination camp. Erich died on a death march, Heinz died in Mauthausen concentration camp. Fritzi and Eva were liberated in Auschwitz. They returned to Amsterdam in June 1945, in the same transport as Otto Frank, who had lost his wife Edith and daughters Margot and Anne. In 1953 Otto and Fritzi got married and settled in Basel, Switzerland. Eva moved to London in the early 1950s and married Zvi Schloss. They have three children and five grandchildren.