UPDATE: What a pity she did not live to learn that the documentary about her life as a prisoner of war under Hitler won the Oscar.
Millions of stories will never be told about those who endured the pain, the sorrow, and deaths at the hands of Nazi Germans.
However, the story of Alice Herz-Sommer has been told; and is up for an academy award.
“Alice Herz-Sommer, also known as Alice Sommer died Feb. 23, 2014 as reported today by London’s Associated Press. She was born in 1903 and survived a concentration camp using her music to sustain herself and others during one of the most evil times in the history of the world.”
On March 2, 2014 – the judging of her documentary will be among these four other nominations:
“At 110, Alice Herz Sommer was the world's oldest pianist…and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance is her passion for music. “
This is a video of this lovely lady and her philosophy of life which kept her alive (and others) in a concentration camp under the horrible regime of Hitler.
Some may think it very sad for her to live all of these years in spite of so much loss and horror only to die before the awards are to be announced; but she has already received her reward for a life well lived in totality; not just for short documentary.
“Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences.”
The worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime attack collide by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. They proceed to embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration...and friendship.
Karma had no walls:
“When protesters in Yemen added their voices to those of other nations during the Arab Spring, the government responded with an attack that left 53 people dead and inspired widespread sympathy throughout the country.”
“The Last Days of Private Jack Hall breaks through the walls of one of Americas oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner.”
In a previous article, we learned how a brave woman by the name of Irene Sendler saved the lives of many, many Jewish children from the grasp of that same evil regime and was nominated for the Nobel Peace
Her nomination for the prize was cast aside in favor of Al Gore and his documentary on global warming. You can read the story of this brave and dedicated woman who risked her life and had both her legs broken by protecting the names the babies she hid and led to safety. She died shortly after Gore took the prize away from her.
Today, we learn about another heroine of the World War II era who also died just short of the world showing appreciation to her for her life.
Alice Hertz Sommer was a pianist, music teacher, and super centenarian from Bohemia, and a survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp, where she was sent by the Nazis because of her Jewish origins.
One of the few super centenarians known for reasons other than their longevity, she lived in Belsize Park in London from 1986 until her death, and at the age of 110 was the world's oldest known Holocaust survivor. She was a talented musician. For more on her life click below.
The documentary is called, “The Lady in Number 6” which is about her life in that prison; and is currently up for an Oscar for Best Short Documentary according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The strength of her unconquerable spirit and love for music not only helped her survive but was inspiration to so many others who also survived. They said of her music – it was their food. They said her dedication to music helped to sustain them; and it was the language of music that gave them hope. They stated that it would take them back in their minds to their homes and family that kept them going on while in the midst the cruel of times.
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