By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN
An evening with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss drew a record crowd for a Jewish indoor event on Tuesday, November 6, at the Uptown Jewish Community Center.
Sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana, the event drew more than 600 persons, so many that some had to watch the interview in the Donald Mintz Auditorium via a live video feed in the smaller, adjacent Board Room.
A contemporary of Anne Frank, Schloss lived in the same Amsterdam neighborhood and was a childhood friend of the iconic victim of the Holocaust at the time of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands. She was separated from her family during the war and lost both her father and brother at war’s end. Miraculously, her mother survived and the two returned to Amsterdam after the war. When her mother remarried Otto Frank, Anne’s father, Schloss became her posthumous step-sister.
Schloss was interviewed for an hour by Rabbi Yossie Nemes. She recalled her own struggles to survive the Holocaust and told of her association with Otto Frank, first as a neighbor and later as a step-father. She told of how he came home one day with a parcel that held his daughter’s famous diary that was later to be translated and published worldwide as “The Diary of a Young Girl.”
Earlier in the evening, Rabbi Mendel Rivkin welcomed guests to the JCC. He called upon Cathy Glaser, the president of the Holocaust Memorial Committee board to speak about upcoming activities.
Following the talk, Rabbi Zelig Rivkin added his own closing comments. Schloss signed copies of her book “Eva’s Story” throughout the remainder of the evening.
Here are photos from the evening: