Lessons From the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor
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At 108 years old, pianist Alice Herz-Sommer has been an eyewitness to the best and worst of humanity. Along the way, she has come into contact with some of the most fascinating historical figures of our time, including Franz Kafka, Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud and Rainer Maria Rilke. When Alice moved to Israel after the war, Golda Meir attended her house concerts, as did Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein and Isaac Stern.
But all of this may never have been when Alice and her entire family were sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943. Despite her imprisonment and the murders of her mother, husband and friends by the Nazis, and much later the premature death of her son, Alice has been victorious in her ability to live a life without bitterness. She credits music as the key to her survival, as well as her ability to acknowledge the humanity in each person, even her enemies.
A Century of Wisdom is the remarkable and inspiring story of one woman's determination, in the face of some of the worst evils known to man, to find the good in life. It is a testament to the bonds of friendship, the power of music and the importance of leading a life of never-ending optimism.
Hardcover Book : 256 pages
Publisher: Random House, Inc. ( March 20, 2012 )
Item #: 13-573531
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.58inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)