Alice Herz-Sommer

Picture of Alice Herz-Sommer. Apologies for not knowing the copyright holder.
Alice Herz-Sommer. Apologies for not knowing the copyright holder.

 

I was sad to hear of the passing of Alice Herz-Sommer, musician, teacher and the world’s oldest known holocaust survivor.  She is reported to have said of the experience,

“We had to play because the Red Cross came three times a year. The Germans wanted to show its representatives that the situation of the Jews in Theresienstadt was good. Whenever I knew that I had a concert, I was happy. Music is magic. We performed in the council hall before an audience of 150 old, hopeless, sick and hungry people. They lived for the music. It was like food to them. If they hadn’t come [to hear us], they would have died long before. As we would have.”

Her situation was no doubt an inspiration for the moving (and suitable for children) Michael Morpurgo / Michael Foreman book ‘The Mozart Question.’

God bless.

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2 thoughts on “Alice Herz-Sommer

    1. earthbalm

      Hi,
      Thanks for visiting the blog and thanks for the link to your post. I believe you are quite correct – Alice Herz-Sommer was, is and will continue to be ‘a treasure to the world’. Her refusal to blame anybody for her horrific experiences and her gratitude for a life lived is inspirational. Many thanks.

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