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Stoessinger, Caroline

A Century of Wisdom Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor (Kartoniert / Broschiert / Paperback)

Hodder & Stoughton General Division, September 2012

256 S. - Sprache: Englisch - 4 b&w photos - 198x128x20 mm

ISBN: 1444737627 EAN: 9781444737622

At 107 years old, Alice Herz-Sommer is the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, as well as the world's oldest concert pianist. An eyewitness to the last century, she has seen it all. Despite her years of imprisonment in concentration camps, Alice has wasted no time on bitterness toward the executioners of her family and instead lives every day as though it is a gift. A CENTURY OF WISDOM is the remarkable and inspiring story of one woman's lifelong determination to bring good to the world, which has helped her to persevere and live a long and vital life.

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An inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism - the true story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest Holocaust survivor.

Über den Autor

Caroline Stoessinger, a prominent pianist and artist-in-residence at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is the founder and director of The Mozart Academy of New York, which provides high quality classical music instruction at no cost to immigrant children who have limited access to such opportunities.


"A treasure trove of insight and reflection. Herz-Sommer's life is a tribute to the purity of artistic endeavor under the most devastating circumstances, and her refusal to be bitterly defined or essentially reshaped by tragedy is a testament to moral and spiritual courage."--"Booklist " "A survivor of Theresienstadt and a world-class Czech pianist shares her amazing story of survival and triumph. Now living in London since she relocated from Jerusalem to be closer to her only son (now deceased), Herz-Sommer is shortly turning 108, still playing the piano, disciplined and abstemious in her daily habits and fairly active, as Stoessinger records over interviews with her between 2004 and 2011. These are short segments that amplify important aspects of her life, such as her acquaintanceship as a young girl in Prague with Franz Kafka and his circle, her happy though too-brief marriage and successful early career as a concert pianist and teacher, the birth of her son in 1937 just as the Nazis were exerting their terror over the Jewish community in Prague and their abrupt deportation to Theresienstadt in 1943. ...[W]hat Stoessinger's work reveals startlingly and firsthand are details of life in the concentration camp, especially how the musicians coped with the horrible conditions and even formed a vibrant community. ... 'Every concert played there, ' Stoessinger writes, 'became a moral victory against the enemy.' ... Rounding out this work are memories from Herz-Sommer's students and friends, reflections on favorite authors such as Spinoza, Rilke and Zweig and even recipes."--"Kirkus Reviews""As if her 108 years of experience alone were not enough to coax you, there is the overarching fact that draws people to Herz-Sommer's story: She survived the Theresienstadt concentration camp and is believed to be the oldest living Holocaust survivor."--"The Washington Post" "I have rarely read a Holocaust survivor's memoir as enriching and meaningful. Get Caroline

ISBN 1-444737-62-7, ISBN 1-44-473762-7, ISBN 1-44473-762-7, ISBN 1-444-73762-7, ISBN 1-4447-3762-7

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