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Eva's Feelings After the Holocaust

Eva Schloss, Holocaust Survivor

Well, I think we went extensively through most things. Perhaps I would like to add that, through having gone this experience, eventually, like I said -- you know, it took me many years to overcome my feelings about all this. I think I have perhaps become a better person to understand more.

I feel perhaps more for people who have losses in -- not necessarily through genocide, but in just lose a family member, which perhaps if I hadn't experienced all this I would have accepted it more as part of life, but I think I have more feeling now for suffering. And yes, I think I have become more thinking, a deeper person.

And especially our Judaism, which we were a very assimilated family at that time in Austria and Germany. Many people were trying, or they just felt -- you know, like Otto Frank's family, they felt real Germans, with a Jewish background, but they were not active Jews. And we too, we went perhaps three four times to synagogue. And if this hadn't happened, we probably would have been lost to Judaism anyway. But through this experience, through having lost 6 million of our people, I feel stronger about it. And like I said, you know I wanted to have a family, and I want certainly to carry on our Judaism.