The Promise – Eva Schloss
This is the remarkable true story of a young Jewish girl and her brother growing up during the Second World War, caught in a world turned upside down by the Nazis. Written specially for children, Eva describes her happy early childhood in Vienna with her kind and loving parents and her older brother Heinz, whom she adored. But when the Nazis marched into Austria everything changed. Eva’s family fled to Belgium, then to Amsterdam where, with the help of the Dutch Resistance, they spent the next two years in hiding – Eva and her mother in one house, and her father and brother in another. Finally, though, they were all betrayed and deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Despite the horrors of the camp, Eva’s positive attitude and stubborn personality (which had often got her into trouble) saw her through one of the most tragic events in history and she and her mother eventually returned to Amsterdam. Sadly her father and brother perished just weeks before the liberation. Eva and her mother went back to the house where Heinz and his father had hidden, for Eva had remembered that Heinz had told her he had hidden his paintings beneath the floorboards there. Sure enough, there were over thirty beautiful paintings. Heinz hadn’t wasted any of his talents during his captivity. For Eva, here was a tangible, everlasting memory of her brother and a reminder of her father’s promise that all the good things you accomplish will make a difference to someone, and your achievements will be carried on. Heinz’s paintings have been on display in exhibitions in the USA and are now a part of a permanent exhibition in Amsterdam’s war museum.
Told simply and clearly for younger readers, THE PROMISE is an unforgettable story, written by Eva Schloss, the step-daughter of Otto Frank and Barbara Powers, Eva’s very close friend.