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A Century of Wisdom - Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor-logo

A Century of Wisdom - Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor

Caroline Stoessinger

An inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism the true story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the worlds oldest living Holocaust survivor. At 108 years old, the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer is an eyewitness to the entire last century and the first decade of this one. She has seen it all, surviving the Theresienstadt concentration camp, attending the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, and along the way coming into contact with some of the most fascinating historical figures of our time. As a child in Prague, she spent weekends and holidays in the company of Franz Kafka (whom she knew as Uncle Franz), and Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, and Rainer Maria Rilke were friendly with her mother. When Alice moved to Israel after the war, Golda Meir attended her house concerts, as did Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Isaac Stern. Today Alice lives in London, where she still practices piano for hours every day. Despite her imprisonment in Theresienstadt 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 womans lifelong determinationin the face of some of the worst evils known to manto find goodness in life. It is a testament to the bonds of friendship, the power of music, and the importance of leading a life of material simplicity, intellectual curiosity, and never-ending optimism. Foreword by Vaclav Havel From the Hardcover edition.

An inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism the true story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the worlds oldest living Holocaust survivor. At 108 years old, the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer is an eyewitness to the entire last century and the first decade of this one. She has seen it all, surviving the Theresienstadt concentration camp, attending the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, and along the way coming into contact with some of the most fascinating historical figures of our time. As a child in Prague, she spent weekends and holidays in the company of Franz Kafka (whom she knew as Uncle Franz), and Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, and Rainer Maria Rilke were friendly with her mother. When Alice moved to Israel after the war, Golda Meir attended her house concerts, as did Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Isaac Stern. Today Alice lives in London, where she still practices piano for hours every day. Despite her imprisonment in Theresienstadt 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 womans lifelong determinationin the face of some of the worst evils known to manto find goodness in life. It is a testament to the bonds of friendship, the power of music, and the importance of leading a life of material simplicity, intellectual curiosity, and never-ending optimism. Foreword by Vaclav Havel From the Hardcover edition.
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An inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism the true story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the worlds oldest living Holocaust survivor. At 108 years old, the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer is an eyewitness to the entire last century and the first decade of this one. She has seen it all, surviving the Theresienstadt concentration camp, attending the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, and along the way coming into contact with some of the most fascinating historical figures of our time. As a child in Prague, she spent weekends and holidays in the company of Franz Kafka (whom she knew as Uncle Franz), and Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, and Rainer Maria Rilke were friendly with her mother. When Alice moved to Israel after the war, Golda Meir attended her house concerts, as did Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Isaac Stern. Today Alice lives in London, where she still practices piano for hours every day. Despite her imprisonment in Theresienstadt 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 womans lifelong determinationin the face of some of the worst evils known to manto find goodness in life. It is a testament to the bonds of friendship, the power of music, and the importance of leading a life of material simplicity, intellectual curiosity, and never-ending optimism. Foreword by Vaclav Havel From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Linda Korn

Length:

6h 32m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:46


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:20


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:56


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:11


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:43