Alice's Piano: The Life Of Alice Herz-Sommer
Author: Melissa Mueller, Reinhard Piechocki, Alice Herz-Somm
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Keywords: alice, sommer, herz, life, piano
Category: Entertainers, Arts & Literature, Biographies & Memoirs,
ISBN-10: 1250007410 ISBN-13: 9781250007414
List Price: 26.99 USD
How music provided hope in one of the world's darkest times—the inspirational life story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest living Holocaust survivor
Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague in 1903. A talented pianist from a very early age, she became famous throughout Europe; but, as the Nazis rose to power, her world crumbled. In 1942, her mother was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp and vanished. In 1943, Alice, her husband and their six-year-old son were sent there, too. In the midst of horror, music, especially Chopin's Etudes, was Alice's salvation. Theresienstadt was a "show camp", a living slice of Nazi propaganda created to convince outsiders that the Jews were being treated humanely. In more than a hundred concerts, Alice gave her fellow prisoners hope in a time of suffering. Written with the cooperation of Alice Herz-Sommer, Alice's Piano is the first time her story has been told. At 107 years old, she continues to play her piano in London and bring hope to many.
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