Augustana hosted Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss to speak Tuesday night. Schloss was in the death camp with Anne Frank, and after the war, Eva’s mother married Anne’s father. Now 90 years old, Schloss tours the world warning us not to act like Nazis:
“Germany was supposedly one of the most educated and cultured countries in Europe that people would follow such a bad man. and go along with 6 million Jews.” To this day, at age 90, Eva Schloss can not comprehend how Adolph Hitler rose to power, kept that power and used it to convince an entire society that racial scapegoating and violence were acceptable. “That makes me very very sad.”
…Eva feels one of the responsibilities of surviving Auschwitz is to speak as much as she can about what happened nearly eight decades ago. “We have to be careful that it doesn’t happen again.”
And for those who voice skepticism that a regime could put into place another holocaust in modern times, Eva tells me if it happened once it can happen again. “In Europe and America the right wing parties are getting more powerful so we really have to be alert and watch out that it doesn’t go too far.”
…She says she is hopeful that the younger generations will grab the mantle of leadership in a way that promotes diversity and inclusion for all in society [“Holocaust Survivor in Sioux Falls Worried About History Repeating Itself,” KSFY, 2019.10.28].
You heard her, young people. History is in your hands. Don’t get distracted. Get involved, get registered, and don’t let Nazis win the 2020 election.
Related Viewing: Here’s Schloss’s 2017 short address at St. James Church in London in April 2017: