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Reading Eva's Story
April 9, 2010 - Kathleen Palumbo
I learned of her story through a Town Crier assignment…I followed her story because it haunted me.
Eva Schloss’s second book, Eva’s Story, may never have reached out to me were it not for my coverage of her presence in town a few days ago, for it isn’t easy to hear – nor is it a light read.
Now 82 years old, Eva speaks with candor both publicly and on paper of her Jewish family, their two years in hiding, and their nine months at Auschwitz, of survival and of loss.
It wasn’t until after I’d sat with Eva, hearing firsthand her tales of endurance that I felt compelled to read further, perhaps because it now felt more personal.
Depicting the ties of family and friends (Anne Frank, among them), and the plethora of emotions felt during what she calls the “the terrible years,” Eva’s story captured my heart more so than any history book.
Eva went on to marry...to have children...to have a life, and she continues traveling the world today, sharing her story as only someone who has experienced the atrocities of the Holocaust can.
Speaking out for peace, she said “I became convinced that if I could move only a handful of people to care more for their fellow man, I would achieve something worthwhile and that it was my duty to try to do just that.”
Eva’s Story is chalk full of love, life, courage, and loss. Eva’s Story is worth your time.
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Eva Schloss exemplifies the strength of a survivor. What an honor.