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Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank, will share her childhood and wartime experiences at the University of South Carolina’s President’s Leadership Dialogue at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Koger Center.

The dialogue is part of the university’s Carolina Leadership Initiative, which fosters leadership development among students and makes leaders from various fields and backgrounds available to students and the community.

Since 1985, Schloss has devoted herself to Holocaust education and global peace. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than 1,000 speaking engagements. She has written two books and has had a play written about her life. Schloss’ story is dramatic and difficult to imagine, yet her insightful message reminds us that life is precious and fragile, the creative spirit is stronger than fear and the power of good is immeasurable.

Admission to the Feb. 27 dialogue is free and open to the public, but tickets are limited. Tickets are available through the Koger Center box office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

Attendees also will be able to view two Holocaust exhibits in the Koger Center lobby the day of the event. A traveling exhibit about the life and times of Schloss’ stepsister, Anne Frank, will be on display. The exhibit is part of a multi-year collaboration of the USC College of Education, the Anne Frank House and the Anne Frank Center of New York. The College of Education’s Teaching Fellows program and Center for Educational Partnerships trains students to be peer guides for the exhibit in schools across the state. Peer guides develop an awareness of social justice issues within society and learn to discuss challenging and complex issues with their peers and community members.

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