Mark your calendars, Bobcats. On Sunday, Nov. 3, Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank, will be speaking at MSU. While at MSU, she will participate in a Q&A session that will be held as part of “A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss” at 7 p.m. in the SUB Ballrooms. The Q&A will also feature Rabbi Chaim Bruk, executive director of Chabad Lubavitch of Montana, as well as MSU’s very own President Waded Cruzado, who will be leading the discussion. This is a monumentous event for MSU and as Rabbi Bruk said, "It’s historic for Montana to host any Holocaust survivor as, sadly, there aren’t many left, especially when that survivor is a relative of Anne Frank and can take us deep into Anne's incredible story.”
Schloss was born Eva Geiringer in 1929 in Vienna, Austria to a Jewish family. When Nazi soldiers invaded Austria, her family emigrated to Belgium and then to the Netherlands. She lived in the same apartment block in Amsterdam as Anne Frank, and the girls were frequent playmates. In 1942, both girls and their families went into hiding to avoid the Nazi effort to capture Jews in Amsterdam. In 1944, Schloss's family was captured by the Nazis and transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Her father and brother did not survive, but she and her mother were freed in 1945 and returned to Amsterdam. In 1953, Schloss’s mother married Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father.
Hear more of Eva Schloss’s story on Nov. 3 by reserving your tickets now. Tickets are $5 for students and $18 for the public and are on sale at the Bobcat Ticket Office, all TicketsWest Outlets, and ticketswest.com.
For more information about the event, visitmontana.edu/leadership.