Friday, June 21, 2013


This video below was shared by Dr Michael Heah at the recent "Live Your Best Years" workshop co-organized by Seniorsaloud. It is a powerful testimony of the indomitable spirit of Alice Herz-Sommer. She turns 110 in November this year, and is the world's oldest survivor of the holocaust. One can only imagine the horrors she has witnessed and the mental and emotional anguish she has experienced. Through it all, she has kept her sanity and risen above hatred and bitterness.

Today Alice lives a quiet life in England. She plays on her piano three hours a day and continues to be an inspiration to those who know her, have read about her or seen the films about her.

Some gems of wisdom from Alice Sommer:

"I know about the bad, but I look for the good things."
"We are all sometimes good, sometimes bad."
"I never hate. Hatred eats the soul of the hater, not the hated.”
"Only when we are old, do we realize the beauty of life – life is a present."
“Every day in life is beautiful...every day!”
“When you are optimistic, when you are not complaining, when you look at the good side of your life, everybody loves you.”

Alice continues to play her piano every day. “Music saved my life and Music saves me still.
Music is God. In difficult times you feel it, especially when you are suffering.”

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