Eva Schloss, whose father, brother and stepsister Anne Frank perished in the Holocaust, will meet Thursday morning with a group of Newport Beach students involved in a Nazi salute incident that has sparked outrage, NBC Los Angeles reports.
Organizers of the meeting with the 89-year-old Schloss aim to make it a “teachable moment.”
The meeting is being organized by Shliach Rabbi Reuven Mintz, Director of Chabad of Newport Beach, CA.
Students and former students of Newport, CA and other area high schools played a drinking game at a weekend party, and photographs of a swastika made out of red plastic cups, and the students making Nazi salutes, were posted on social media.
“I am hopeful that despite their actions, these young individuals, with promising futures, have the potential to become advocates of tolerance, understanding and coexistence in the school, in our community and beyond,” Mintz said in a statement.
“My goal and hope is to seize this dark moment and use it as opportunity to illuminate Newport Beach as a whole; but specifically, to positively transform the lives of the erring students. We are working closely with the leadership at Newport Harbor High School to facilitate greater awareness, Holocaust education, and encounters with survivors to engage with students on an ongoing basis,” he wrote.