Eva Olsson was born on Oct., 28 in Szatmar, Hungary (now Satu Mare, Romania). On May 15, 1944, she and her family were taken away to Auschwitz-Birkenau, part of what is now known as the Holocaust.
Eva’s autobiography, “Unlocking the Doors: A Woman’s Struggle Against Intolerance”, published in 2001, describes her life before, during, and after these events. Eva has spoken to over a million people in schools, service clubs, churches, on armed forces bases, at police conferences, and at conferences at Queen’s Park and the United Nations.
Increasingly, the focus of her message is bullying and the importance of not being a bystander to injustice. She uses her life experiences to illustrate the power of hate and the importance of standing up against bigotry, racism, and intolerance. In Recognition of this work, Eva was awarded an honorary doctorate by Nipissing University in 2005. She has also received the Order of Ontario.
Eva recently spoke to students and staff of Milverton and Central Perth schools. She has graciously allowed AMDSB Communications to record her presentation and share it with those interested.
*Due to technical limitations there are some very brief moments where there is no video accompanying the audio. We apologize for the inconvenience*