“Music, yes music saved my life”
NOVEMBER 21, 2010 – This Friday, November 26, is Alice Herz-Sommer’s birthday. She will be 107 years young. Alice has the exceptional distinction of being the world’s oldest survivor of the Holocaust and the second oldest person living in London, England.
As referred to on the website nickreedent,
“Born in Prague in 1903 Alice grew up in a cultured and loving family which was part of the German-speaking Czech-Jewish assimilated society. Her mother had been a playmate of Gustav Mahler and as a child Alice frequently played with Franz Kafka who came to her home for Sunday lunch. As a young woman Alice would attend Kafka’s funeral almost two decades later. Her familiar, secure world of writers, composers and artists was destroyed by the Holocaust. As a child Alice grew up in a world that revered art, artists and great literature. It was a world where a concert, opera or book review made front page news in major newspapers.
Nick Reed adds:
“To this day Alice Herz-Sommer still plays chamber music in the evenings with her few remaining friends. As she approaches her 107th birthday . . . she said, ‘I have had such a beautiful life. And life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love.’ “
The producer of a documentary about Alice – Alice Dancing Under the Gallows, the trailer has been seen throughout the world, is compiling a book of best wishes that he will be presenting to her on her birthday. Please send Alice your birthday wishes to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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