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Eva's Story: A Survivor's Tale by the Step-Sister of Anne Frank

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In March 1938 the Germans invaded Austria and young Eva Geiringer and her family became refugees. Like many jews they fled to Amsterdam where they hid from the Nazis until they were betrayed and arrested in 1944. Eva was 15 years old when she was sent to Auschwitz - the same age as her friend Anne Frank. Together with her mother she endured the daily degradation that ...more
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Published October 1st 1999 by Evelyn Kent Associates (first published 1989)
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Sarah K
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii, life-stories
A powerful and well-written memoir of the Holocaust. I always can find room to read one more memoir because while everyone's story is similar, they are all unique. I appreciated how direct Eva was in sharing her story, and also the inclusion of life before the war. Reading about the moving around/sense of homelessness the family experienced during the war but before the camps was something I hadn't really considered before...I'm sure that "slow transition" helped Eva and her mother survive. I ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Eva who as a teenager survives the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Her mother later marries Anne Frank's father.

The account is exactly what you expect - gruesome and hard to take. The way it is written, which is very factual and almost business-like, helps decrease the sense of horror that the material gives. Although the content in many places is identical to Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller,(which I happen to be reading at the same time as this book)this one, whilst
Teresa “Teri”
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book but I KNOW I’ve read it before under a different title?!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

This book is really good. Even though it was a horrible thing,I'm always glad to read about their survival and the outcome of their lives
Stephen Taylor
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eva's Story
By Eva Schloss
A couple of years ago I took a stand at The Newark 'Books in the Castle' Festival (now the Newark Arts Festival). I was setting out the table with my books and chatting casually to the other exhibitors as I usually do, and at the next stand was an old lady (I hope should wouldn't mind me calling her that) and she told me that she was Anne Franks's step-sister. I was disoriented for some minutes - Anne Frank was a historical figure, wasn't she? This can't be Anne Franks
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superlative
"And so, suffering the horrors of the present and seeing no hope in the future, I began to resign myself to death."
This book deserves 5 stars because of the powerful way it moved me. The posthumous stepsister of Anne Frank, Eva brings her own story of survival through the concentration camps to life with carefully recounted detail . She doesn't sugarcoat or exaggerate her account, and the way she writes with such alarming bluntness is a testament in and of itself. While I was reading it, I
Eva was an immigrant to Holland. Her parents saw what was happening and fled their native Germany. After another stop they ended up in Holland. She had a happy family and a close relationship with her big brother. She was friends with a bunch of girls that included Anne but wasn't really close to her. She knew Anne's father. The family was betrayed in hiding, not by the people who were hiding them. Those people actually survived the war by living on the stash of food Eva's family had put aside ...more
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, nonfiction, auto-bio
Eva Schloss is the posthumous step-sister of Anne Frank. One reviewer said that this book takes off where Anne's diary left off. That is a good way to begin to think of this book. It is told from the point of view of the adult Eva, decaded after her camp experience. It is detailed and emotional and amazing. The connections to Anne Frank are interesting and give a nice context to the story the reader. However, this woman shares parts of life that are stunning even without the connection. I will ...more
Pamela Shropshire
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like all Holocaust memoirs, Eva's Story is tragic and heartbreaking and yet filled with the miraculous power of the human spirit. It is remarkable that an ordinary teenage girl could endure and survive such horrible things and still go on to live a normal life. After the war, and after learning that her beloved father and older brother were dead, Eva finished school, became a professional photographer, married and had 3 children.

Eva's mother, Fritzi, married Otto Frank, the father of Anne.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Eva is the posthumous step sister of Anne Frank. Her story is the basis for a play called "And Then They Came for Me". I first saw the play as it was the high school production in Dec 2008. My son was in the play. Eva Geiringer Schloss attended each production. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us all as she did Q and A after each show. She also just happens to live within blocks of my house here in London!!
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this year, I had the honor of meeting Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and author of Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank. During her teenage years, Eva had survived imprisonment in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Her personal story is compelling and well-written. In Eva’s own words, “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 ...more
Paula Korelitz
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started this book thinking that Eva Schloss was taking advantage of Anne Frank’s name being synonymous with the Holocaust and, thus, prepared not to like it.

It is well written, and describes. in detail the horrors that Eva and her mutti experienced. The epilogue, postscript and interview were the decisive factor for me rating this book with five stars.
Eva is not as witty as her "half" sister Anne Frank (after the war Eva's mother ended up marrying Anne's father), and this book doesn't give the same kind of insight into her personality and inner thoughts that Anne's diary delivers. The story is told in a very straightforward and factual way, maybe because it was written years after the events took place and not as it all unfolded, but it lacks all the small details and reflections that make Anne's book so compelling and thought-provoking. ...more
Carla Kozak
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited that one of my students was able to go to her speaking engagement. I had heard her speak a few years back and did not have a chance to buy a copy of her book. My student gave me signed copy this week! We are enjoying talking about the book as well as Eva's survival and hope story. We are also glad that she decided to share her story for everyone to hear ad read.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that everyone should read. It is not enjoyable obviously due to the subject matter, but it is so important that everyone knows what happened so as to prevent it happening again.

Eva fled to Amsterdam with her family when the Germans invaded Austria, living on the same estate as Anne Frank and her family. Although she knew Anne, I believe they did not know each other well. The story follows Eva and her mother as they go into hiding separately from her brother and
Barbara M
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
An amazing story of survival. Eva Schloss was a playmate of Anne Frank's. Eva survived and tells her own story - life before the war, her life in hiding, her experiences living in a concentration camp and building a new life after she was set free. Following the war, Eva's mother married Anne Frank's father. Otto. Eva's Mom and Otto Frank had both lost their spouses during the war. Therefore, Eva became the step-sister of Anne Frank & step daughter of Otto Frank.

Eva's book picks up where
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii, read-aloud
A simply amazing story. My husband and I read this book out loud to each other. We are interested in and always moved by stories of WWII. This is a well-written story of a family's imprisonment, the sovereignty and providence of God, and the horrors that many faced under the Nazi regime. We feel tied to WWII since both our Dads are veterans of that war. My heart goes out to those who lived through the camps as well as those who died in them. We cried as we read Ann Frank's step-sister's story of ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
okay, this is going to sound horrible, i know, but i felt like eva was a little jealous of her posthumous step-sister. i understand the idea of this is what happened after the diary, except that it kind of isn't.

i think i would have liked it better if she hadn't mentioned anne frank so much and just wrote her own story.

i ended up feeling for otto frank the most, strangely enough.

good book to give to kids about what life was like inside the concentration camps and how they stayed sane. and
Carolyn S
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Was not an up lifting book, but interesting in the fact that so many people were hidden during the Holocaust. Then those same people that were hiding people gave up some of them up for money, or else they themselves were arrested. After the war Eva's mother married Anne Frank's father. They both lost their spouses and some children, so they had a lot of the same grief. She helped Anne's father publish Anne Frank's diary . As the book states. " a tale worth telling". It took Eva 40 years to tell ...more
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I don't think I can add anything new to what other readers have already said about this book. I can only add my name to list of people who have been moved by the courage Eva Schloss and her mother had to survive their horrific ordeal.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Vogelsong
Review of Eva’s Story: A Holocaust Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank, by Eva Schloss and Evelyn Julia Kent

Eva Schloss had blond hair and blue eyes, and like her mother, could pass in appearance as non-Jewish. During World War II in Europe, they made the risky choice to hide in the open while Eva’s brother and father’s more ethnic features forced them into hiding in the country.

Eva and her family knew the Franks before they went into hiding. Eva described Anne Frank as mature and
Mark Martinico
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eva Schloss posthumously became Anne Frank’s stepsister in postwar years, when her mother married Otto Frank. And while that connection may be what draws us in as readers, “Eva’s Story” is very much its own story, quite different from Anne’s.
Anne herself shows up minimally in early chapters, and her diary shows up in the later chapters, but the bulk of the book is about Eva and her mother, as concentration camp prisoners.
The interesting thing about a memoir such as this is that even though it
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ooooohhh boy. I had to take a moment after this book to take a breath and think for a moment. I am not someone who typically reads nonfiction, however I can never say no to a holocaust memoir. Reading holocaust books always takes my breath away at how strong the survivors are even at their lowest point. My one complaint is that this book is a little bit misleading. It takes the fact Eva is Anne Frank's step-sister and makes it seem like this is going to involve more of Anne than just passing ...more
Susanna Lancaster
This is such a wonderful book. I had the privilege of hearing Eva Schloss speak about her experiences of the Holocaust and was very moved by her story. I got a signed book and was eager to hear more of what happened to her and her family. I’ve read The Diary of Anne Frank and many other Holocaust books, but each one is so unique and shows just how many different people were affected by this tragedy and how many different voices there are. Eva’s story is very full of hope, and I enjoyed hearing ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read and another gripping story from a holocaust survivor about their experience. The writing is very simple (that is why a 4 star rating) and yet still manages to clearly portray the excruciating conditions of the camps. The description of the bed bugs and the tin cup was one I hadn’t read before. The fall 2009 interview at the end of the book was excellent and added additional insight into the author’s feelings and journey after the war. Almost seems like there is another book ...more
Mrs. Hrubik
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what an emotional roller coaster. This Holocaust memoir was one of the most gripping and detailed accounts of survival and human strength that I have read. Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank, and this is the story of a teen who lived in Anne's same neighborhood with a very similar story of hiding, being caught and sent to concentration camps. Their stories truly intertwine as years after the war, Eva's mother married Anne's father. I highly recommend this story to anyone interested in ...more
Another interesting memoir from a survivor of the holocaust. While it is similar to other memoirs it is also a bit different because she became the "step-sister" of Anne Frank. Though the girls were acquaintances before the NAZIs invaded the Netherlands they were not related. It was after the war when her mother, widowed by the Holocaust, and Otto Frank, widower by the Holocaust, married and Eva became a "step-sister" to Anne Frank. Among the more interesting parts of the memoir is the interview ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having just heard her speak, a lot of this book was already known to me. It is a good depiction of life before the war as Jews tried to get out of harm's way. Then the story of hiding comes, followed by life in a prison camp. The will to live seemed vital to those who did survive. The end of the book gives a quick summary of Eva's life since the war. Her view of the Russians as her heroes is interesting since so many now see them differently. It just showed how a lack of information can affect ...more
Eva's Story: A Survivor's Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank
: Eva Schloss, Evelyn Julia Kent

This audiobook is supposed to tae up the Holocaust story where Anne Frank's diary ended. The author knew Anne as a child, then after the war her mother married Anne's father. That was something I didn't know. Very detailed descriptions of life during the war.

The narration was well done, by Ann Richardson.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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From Wikipedia: "People Associated with Anne Frank" -

Eva Geiringer shared a remarkably similar history with Anne. The Geiringers lived on the opposite side of Merwedeplein, the square where the Frank's apartment was located, and Eva and Anne were almost exactly the same age. Eva was also a close friend of Sanne Ledermann, and she knew both Anne and Margot.

Eva described herself as an out-and-out
“—Siempre hay esperanza —les dije—, incluso cuando la vida parece desoladora. Hay que tener la voluntad y la fuerza para cambiar de vida, y conseguir lo que nos propongamos.” 3 likes
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