Captured by the Nazis on May 11, 1944—her 15th birthday—Eva Schloss was eventually sent to the Auschwitz death camp. She “soon saw that civilization is a thin veneer easily stripped away.” Unspeakable horrors were the result for her and millions of Jews in numerous concentration camps. When Eva and her mother were liberated by the Russians, they needed to relearn how to live in a world still prejudiced against Jews and often unwilling to hear about Nazi atrocities.
When Eva’s mother married Otto Frank, father of the diarist Anne Frank, Eva slowly found healing from persistent trauma by becoming involved in numerous international Anne Frank exhibits. She overcame intense fear and shyness to share her story and promote tolerance among all people. (Hodder and Stoughton)