Eva Schloss

Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and stepsister of Anne Frank, will participate in a Q&A session Nov. 3 at MSU’s Strand Union Building Ballrooms.

Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank, will speak at Montana State University on Nov. 3.

Tickets go on sale Friday morning.

“A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss” will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in MSU’s Strand Union Building Ballrooms. Also participating will be Rabbi Chaim Bruk, executive director of Chabad Lubavitch of Montana. MSU President Waded Cruzado will lead the session.

Schloss was born Eva Geiringer in 1929 in Vienna, Austria, to a Jewish family. She lived in the same apartment block in Amsterdam as Anne Frank, and the girls, a month apart in age, were sometimes playmates from ages 11 to 13. In 1942, both girls went into hiding to avoid the Nazi roundup of Jews in Amsterdam. In 1944, Schloss’s family was captured and transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Her father and brother did not survive, but she and her mother were freed in 1945.

In 1951, Schloss moved to London, where she later married and raised a family. In 1953, Schloss’s mother married Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father.

Forty years after the end of World War II, Schloss began to share her story. She has since written three books and spoken to more than 1,000 audiences. She is a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust.

“We are deeply honored to welcome Ms. Eva Schloss,” Cruzado said. “As a survivor of the Holocaust — and as someone who knew Anne Frank, who provided a powerful voice for those who did not survive — she has an important and courageous story to share. It is one that must be heard.”

Tickets to the event, $5 for students and $18 for the public, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Bobcat Ticket Office, all TicketsWest Outlets and ticketswest.com.

Gail Schontzler can be reached at gails@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2633. Follow her on Twitter @gailnews.

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