As the Holocaust survivor community dwindles year-by-year, Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas have a rare opportunity to hear the first-hand account of an Auschwitz survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss.
In partnership with Chabad of Nashville and presenting sponsors Regions Bank and Genesis Diamonds, Schloss will share her story of triumph, tolerance and peace as part of “A Historic Evening with Anne Frank’s Stepsister” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Nashville Music City Center.
“This will be a night of living history,” said Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel with Chabad of Nashville. “As time passes, there will be fewer opportunities to hear firsthand from Holocaust survivors, and Eva’s story intersects with one of the most compelling figures in our history. We are honored to bring her story of hope and perseverance to Nashville.”
Devoted to inspiring awareness and acceptance by remembering the atrocities of the past, Schloss will be traveling from London to Nashville to tell her courageous survivor’s tale. As a child, Schloss went into hiding in Holland where she and her stepsister were later betrayed and sentenced to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
“I hope that we can teach our following generations to have moral courage: both to exercise tolerance as they grow up and also to speak up and stand up against intolerance, racial prejudice and systematic discrimination when they see it,” Schloss said.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.AnneFrankNashville.com with early bird general admission tickets priced at $35 through Oct. 7, student and senior general admission tickets at $25 and premier seating for $90. After Oct. 7, general admission tickets will sell for $45. A special VIP reception is also available for $150, including the opportunity to meet Eva Schloss, an autographed book and reserved premium seating. All ages are welcome.
A trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust and a celebrated author, Schloss has been a renowned advocate of Holocaust education and global peace for more than 30 years. In 1999, she signed the Anne Frank Peace Declaration alongside United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and the niece of Raul Wallenberg who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest. Schloss is also the subject of James Still’s noteworthy play “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank.”
“We need to learn to live with each other in harmony, to accept each other for who and what we are,” said Schloss. “We must learn the lesson that human differences actually enrich our lives.”
For tickets and additional information about “A Historic Evening with Anne Frank’s Stepsister,” visit www.AnneFrankNashville.com or call 615-646-5750. Follow the event on Facebook for ongoing updates.