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Students in Nazi Photo to Meet With Anne Frank's Stepsister

Eva Schloss will speak privately with California high schoolers
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2019 2:32 PM CST
In 1971, Dr. Otto Frank holds the Golden Pan award, given for the sale of one million copies of the 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' He was Anne's father.   (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin, file)

(Newser) – A group of California high school students drew widespread scorn this week when a party photo emerged showing them giving the Nazi salute over cups arranged in a swastika pattern. Some of the students already have apologized, notes the Los Angeles Times, and on Thursday they'll get another chance to do so to a notable figure. Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the 89-year-old stepsister of Anne Frank, will meet privately with the students at Newport Harbor High School, reports BuzzFeed.

"Our hope is that meeting someone who witnessed firsthand the atrocities committed under that same swastika and salute will help guide these students toward a life of tolerance and acceptance, spreading a message of inclusion and love, rather than one of hatred," says the director of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life, which is organizing the meeting. As a teenager, Schloss was sent with her mother to Auschwitz, reports the Tribune of San Luis Obispo. Both survived, and Schloss' mother later went on to marry Otto Frank, Anne's father. (Read more Anne Frank stories.)

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