Just what’s going on in the world today?
What’s with all this strife, conflict and war around the globe?
For a while now, I have been avoiding watching the news but I can hardly turn a blind eye to what’s happening right now in places like Gaza and the Ukraine.
It breaks my heart to see all this anguish and sorrow happening around us. When will we ever learn!?
“There must be people who remember World War II and the Holocaust who can help us get out of this rut” – Martin Scorsese.
I feel that the world quickly needs to remember and apply the lessons taught by the likes of Gandhi and Mother Teresa:-
Then recently, with almost divine intervention, amidst all my anguish and hopelessness I met Eva Schloss.
I had the real privilege and honour to meet Eva Schloss recently at a book reading event in Waterstones bookstore in Hampstead Village. It was a life-changing event and got me reconnected to what’s really important to me and also what truly matters in life.
It was a surreal evening as I then discovered that Eva and I are neighbours, and we literally live around the corner from each other!
A couple of weeks ago, I invited Eva to my home for tea – and also to share her wisdom and views on peace and life for my blog readers.
Eva Schloss has an incredible story. She was arrested in Amsterdam by the Nazis on her 15th birthday and sent to Auschwitz. Thanks to incredible luck, her own determination and the love and protection of her mother Fritzi, Eva somehow survived Auschwitz.
After the war, Eva and her mother returned home to Amsterdam – alas only to learn that both her father and brother had been killed during the war.
Before the war, Eva had been friends with Anne Frank, who went on to change the world through the legacy of her diary. Though their fates were very different, Eva’s life became entwined with her friend’s for ever more, after her mother Fritzi married Otto Frank, Anne’s father.
Eva subsequently kept quiet for many decades about her holocaust experience, but in recent years she is on mission to spread her message of peace and reconciliation.
She has published a number of books and her most recent book is “After Auschwitz” (Amazon UK / Amazon USA) , which is a searingly honest account of how an ordinary person survived the Holocaust. It is also a heart-breaking, exploration of what happened next and Eva’s struggle to live with herself after the war.
“When the power of love overtakes the love of power, peace will reign” – Jimi Hendrix (click to tweet)