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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Anne Frank's Stepsister and Holocaust Survivor Speaks to Teens Pictured at Party Making Nazi Sal

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Eva Schloss, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, spoke with parents and students for over an hour at Newport Harbor High School’s auditorium this afternoon just days after viral photos of youth flashed Nazi salutes over a makeshift swastika at a Costa Mesa party last weekend sparked outrage. The 89-year-old stepsister of Anne Frank happened to be in Orange County, having given a talk at Chapman University last night.

“When I heard about this incident here, I was shocked that in 2019, in a well-educated town, incidents like this should still happen,” Schloss told reporters after the meeting, not far from a plaque dedicated to Newport Harbor alumni who died in World War Two. “I was very willing to come and speak and hear from the children themselves why they were able to do anything like that.”

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