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Ann Frank’s childhood friend and stepsister, author Eva Schloss, 85, of London, England, will make her only Midwest appearance from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31, at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave.
The entire community is invited to this event, presented by the Chabad Community Center. More than 400 tickets have been sold. Tickets are on sale at www.ChabadRockford.com/events. General seating includes pre-event hors d’oeuvres and cost $15 for adults and $5 for students. VIP packages with preferred seating, personal photo with Eva, an autographed book, as well as a post-event buffet dinner reception with Eva are available for $100 per person and $180 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the center’s youth programming.
Eva grew up in Amsterdam alongside her childhood friend and classmate Anne Frank and went into hiding with her family to avoid Nazi capture. Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Eva has captivated audiences at hundreds of events worldwide with her personal account. Meet this regal woman of hope and positivity and hear her intriguing story of coming of age in the shadow of Anne Frank’s quick rise from obscurity to worldwide fame.
Although she was silent about her own experiences for 40 years, since 1985, Eva has devoted herself to Holocaust education and global peace. She wrote two books and has a play written about her life. In 1999, Eva signed the Anne Frank peace declaration along with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and the niece of Raul Wallenberg, a legendary figure who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest.
The event’s coordinator, Rabbi Chesky Rothman, notes: “Eva joins many courageous individuals who work tirelessly to end the violence and bigotry that continue to plague our world. Eva’s story is sensational and difficult to imagine, yet her insightful message reminds us that life is precious and fragile, that the creative spirit is stronger than fear, that the power of good is immeasurable, and that love makes a difference.”
The event is organized by the educational outreach of the Chabad Community Center. Individuals will find this event enjoyable, uplifting and inspiring.
Call (815) 985-8574 for more details.
Posted Aug. 27, 2014