Eva Schloss, the stepsister of Anne Frank, captivated thousands of people at The Bushnell in Hartford on Monday.
She has endured so much and now spreads a message of tolerance.
“We should really try to get a safer world for everybody. It’s still too much difference,” said Schloss.
She shared her powerful story which included growing up with Anne Frank and the discovery of the well-known diary.
Schloss vividly described how she hid from the Nazis, was shipped to a concentration camp and then eventually was set free.
“Particularly this week because of what happened at the Tree of Life synagogue it’s an even more amazing tale of survival,” said Sheila Diamond of Avon.
The deadly attack in Pittsburgh was weighing heavily on the crowd.
A moment of silence was held for the eleven victims.
“I’m not surprised that has happened, you know. There are so many people who are dissatisfied and do things, they become evil because they’re dissatisfied,” said Schloss.
Now Schloss travels the globe to inspire others to value kindness and our common humanity.
Her goal is a world free from hate and fighting.
“She’s very personable and really gives you a feeling of hope,” said Donna Plen of Manchester.
Schloss says she has a lot of faith in young people, including her grandchildren, who she thinks are trying to change things for the better.