A Century of Wisdom : Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor Paperback
Alice Herz-Sommer, 1903-2014 The pianist Alice Herz-Sommer survived the Theresienstadt concentration camp, attended Eichmann's trial in Jerusalem, and along the way befriended some of the most fascinating historical figures of our time, from Franz Kafka to Gustav Mahler, Leonard Bernstein and Golda Meir.
A Century of Wisdom is her story: a testament to the bonds of friendship, the power of music and the importance of leading a life of maternal simplicity, intellectual curiosity, and never-ending optimism.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, 4 b&w photos
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 27/09/2012
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9781444737622
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Review by marilib
Biographical notes on the life of Czech pianist Alice Herz-Sommer (born in 1903) who survived concentrationcamp Theresienstadt by playing in the orchestra there. After Prague, she lived in Israel for a while, and finally settled in London, where her cellist son lived (sadly she survived him, too). Alice always remained an optimist and has wise notions to convey to others. In her youth and marriage to Leopold Sommer (who didn't survice the camp), she knew Kafka and Brod, Zweig, Mahler and many other famous people.