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Anne Frank's step sister, Eva Schloss, visits Oakwood Park Grammar and speaks of Holocaust experience

13 January 2014
by Alan Smith

Eva shows off pupils her Auschwitz tattoo

Eva shows off pupils her Auschwitz tattoo

In preparation for their visit to Auschwitz, two Oakwood Park Grammar School students, Samuel Watkin and Daniel Hooker, set about researching the events of the holocaust.

Daniel came across a book writtten by Eva Schloss, the step-sister of Anne Frank. He was so moved by her book, Eva’s Story, that he wrote to Mrs Schloss and asked her to come to Oakwood Park to tell her story.

Somewhat to his surprise, the 86-year-old agreed.

On Thursday last week, Daniel and Samuel travelled by train to London where they met her and escorted her back to Maidstone where she spoke to a Year 11 and Sixth Form group about her time in hiding with her family, her capture when she was 15, and her time spent in the Auschwitz death camp with her mother.

Teacher Abbie Hearn said: “Her teenage audience were hugely moved by her story and particularly her distress at the death of her brother when he was separated from the family at Auschwitz. He was the same age as many of the students present.”

Samuel said: “Hearing her made it all so real for us - especially when she showed us the tattoo which the Nazis gave to all the inmates and her passbook stamped with the J for Juden.”

Head teacher Kevin Moody said: “The students found this an incredibly moving talk and were inspired by Eva’s message.”

 

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