Anne Frank’s stepsister’s lecture on Holocaust and xenophobia


This video from the USA says about itself:

Jewish Survivor Eva Schloss Testimony Part 1

4 April 2012

You are watching Eva Schloss, a Jewish Survivor from the Holocaust. To learn more about Eva and explore the stories of other Holocaust survivors and witnesses, visit http://vhaonline.usc.edu.

These videos are brought to you by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, which was founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994. The Institute has video testimonies of 52,000 Holocaust survivors, witnesses, liberators, and others. Each individual’s video testimony was indexed with the specific terms, names, places, and dates applied to noted in each minute of video.

This video is the sequel.

From De Balie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

‘I blame the world for the Holocaust. I blame the world for the refugee crisis.’

Eva Schloss

The 18th Freedom Lecture will be by the 88-year-old Eva Schloss. In 1938, Eva’s family emigrated to Amsterdam, after the annexation of Austria by the Nazis. In Amsterdam, Eva meets Anne Frank, who happens to live on the other side of the street. In 1944, before their deportation to Auschwitz, Eva and her family are imprisoned in a detention center located on the Max Euweplein. Next to the former district court, now known as De Balie. Eva Schloss survives Auschwitz, and did not speak about the horrors she experienced for forty years. After the war, Eva’s mother married Otto Frank, Anne Frank‘s father. So Anne Frank is Eva’s step sister. Eva Schloss lectures almost every day, in that she relates her own history to current events, and speaks out against racism and xenophobia in the Western world.

In June, Eva will return to De Balie, to reflect in this emotionally loaded place on her life and current events during her Freedom Lecture.

After the lecture, we will have a conversation with author, columnist and trainer Babah Tarawally and architect Arna Mackic about the ways in which their personal refugee story recurs in their work. How do they relate to the past, and in which ways do they feel a certain responsibility to speak out publicly against issues such as racism and xenophobia? And what are the differences between the situation for refugees then and now?

Actress and film maker Martha van der Bly currently works on a documentary about the impressive story of the life of Eva Schloss, Eva’s Mission, and will give an introduction.

The evening will end with the performance ‘One in a Million’ by the Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh, who became famous after the documentary about his life, ‘Dance or Die’. In the performance, Ahmad shows that freedom is not self-evident for so many people around the world. With ‘One in a Million, Ahmad does not only tell us his own personal story, but the story of millions of people. The performance is accompanied by music of the German composer Max Richter.

About Eva Schloss

Eva Schloss has regularly spoken about the Holocaust at educational institutions since 1985. For her dedication to this work, Northumbria University awarded her an honorary doctorate in Civil Law. Also, she has become a Trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust in the UK. The positive as well as the negative influence that the story of Anne Frank has had on Eva’s live, is described in Eva’s autobiography After Auschwitz (2014).

This programme is a cooperation between De Balie and Martha van der Bly. Please find more information on the film Eva’s Mission here.

Language: English

Unknown Malevich drawing discovery in Amsterdam


The newly discovered Malevich drawing

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant today:

Unknown Malevich discovered in archive box of Stedelijk Museum

For thirty-five years, Geurt Imanse has worked for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, but he never discovered such a find. In a depot of the museum he found an unknown drawing of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935), one of the founders of abstract art. The Stedelijk manages the largest collection of Malevich works outside of Russia.

By: Michiel Kruijt

What makes the discovery even more beautiful: the small sketch, 14 by 10 centimeters, is a preliminary study for An Englishman in Moscow, a famous Malevich painting from 1914, which is also in the collection of the Stedelijk. No preliminary study was known of that work. …

The sketch and the painting An Englishman in Moscow, according to the Stedelijk Museum, belong to Malevich’s “a-logical” work, in which reason had to be ruled out in painting. It was a first step towards his new style, the abstract suprematism. The text on the preliminary study and the painting reads: ‘Partial eclipse’. According to Malevich, a solar eclipse was required. The old aesthetics had to disappear. The drawing will be visible to the public from the 2nd of June on in the museum.

See also here.

New film on wildlife in Amsterdam, the Netherlands


This Dutch video is the trailer of the new film De Wilde Stad (the wild city). This film on wildlife in Amsterdam city will be in the cinemas in the autumn of 2017.

Women’s March against Trump, 11 March Amsterdam


This video from the USA says about itself:

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Confirming Sessions as Attorney General Would Stick a Knife Through Martin Luther King‘s Work

1 February 2017

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats managed to delay a vote on Jeff Sessions’s nomination for attorney general. The move comes amid continued protest against Jeff Sessions over his history of opposing the Voting Rights Act and his history of making racist comments. On Monday, about 10 members of the NAACP, including President Cornell William Brooks, were arrested at a sit-in at Sessions’s office in Mobile, Alabama. It was the second NAACP sit-in against Sessions’s confirmation where Brooks and others were arrested. For more, we speak with Reverend Jesse Jackson, founder and president of Rainbow/PUSH and a Democratic presidential candidate in 1984 and 1988.

From Facebook, by the organisers of the first Women’s March against Trump in Amsterdam, on 21 January 2017:

International Women’s Day [8 March] and upcoming Netherlands elections [15 March] fuel us to meet again, in solidarity, to show our numbers and support each others’ actions. We stand for the end of discrimination, equal rights for all humans and we value each other’s diversity and passions to create a world with more commpassion.

More information coming soon – save the date.

They announce another Women’s March in Amsterdam on Saturday 11 March, noon.

21 Women Respond To Trump Telling Female Staff To ‘Dress Like Women’. Reminder: There’s no one way to dress like a woman: here.