Holocaust Survivor & Step-sister of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
The Oxford University Chabad Society was honoured to host on 21 January 2009 a lecture by Eva Schloss, who is a survivor of
In May 1945, they were repatriated to
Eva Schloss addressed an audience of more than one hundred guests, including students, academics, and her husband and daughter, Zvi and Jackie. Her lecture was preceded by a talk by son of a Holocaust survivor, Jewish philanthropist, Mr. Mendel Tajtelbaum. He told the story of his father who was a Holocaust survivor from Poland, and who dedicated his life to the building of synagogues round the world in response to the destruction of Jewish life and synagogues in Poland, some of which Jews themselves were forced to destroy.
Former Lord Mayor of
The speakers were introduced by Rabbi Eli Brackman, director of Oxford University Chabad Society, who spoke about how society is plagued by hatred and intolerance between nations, religions, communities and neighbours, and for the lessons of the Holocaust to be learnt, this hatred needs to be replaced with the basic tenet “Love Your neighbour as yourself”, which needs to be the basis of all religions and of all humankind.
Eva Schloss spoke for one hour about her family background, the period of hiding for her family in
In particular, Schloss expressed the profound sense of bitterness she had felt after the war, because of what she had perceived as the unwillingness of the world in aiding the Jewish people, which essentially allowed the Holocaust to be perpetrated. Schloss also related her experience and insights to broader contemporary themes, including the breakdown of society, because of lack of religion and the necessity of the State of Israel to exist for the Jewish people, despite the difficulties.
Eva Schloss’s lecture was followed by several questions from the audience about her war-time experiences, the question of forgiveness, the issue of Holocaust denial, and the situation of