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A timeline of perseverance: Eva Schloss

The Holocaust ended 74 years ago, but for many, its horror remains fresh in their memories.

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Survivor Eva Schloss shared her story of these horrors as a young Austrian Jewish girl during World War II with the Colorado State University community on Nov. 18 as part of Holocaust Awareness Week. 

Along with discussing her life during the Holocaust, which is detailed in the above timeline, Schloss shared some of her own ideas with the crowd.

“If we have a different color, or if we have a different religion, it does not matter,” Schloss said. “We are all wonderful human beings. Even animals don’t kill each other just for the sake of killing. We must live in harmony together, value each other’s different color, different religion.”

Schloss recounted a conversation she had with her father, Erich Geiringer, and her older brother, Heinz, when she was 9 years old about what would happen to them if and when they die. Schloss’ father told his children their legacy would live on with their own families someday.

We must live in harmony together, value each other’s different color, different religion.” -Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor

“Then this 12-year-old (Heinz) said, ‘But what if I die before I have children?’” Schloss added. “And my father thought for a little bit, and then he said, ‘Well, even if you have a short life, somebody will remember what you have done. We are all a link in a chain; we go from generation to generation, and nothing is lost. You will be remembered.’”

Schloss’ speech was sponsored by community members Sam and Karen Shelanski, Doug and Cindy Max in memory of Rachael Max, Les and Lee Kaplan, Spencer Kirson and the M.B. Glassman Foundation. CSU sponsors included the Associated Students of CSU, Chabad Jewish Student Organization, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi sorority, the Office of International Programs, the Residence Hall Association and the Lory Student Center. 

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb.

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Serena Bettis
Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.

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