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on 9 March 2011
This account of life & death at the hands of the Nazi's is all the more powerful for being told in such a simple & undramatic way. Alice Herz-Sommer lived through some terrible times and survived unimaginable cruelty & heartbreaking loss but this book was almost like reading a diary. Fear & despair are not given any greater significance on the page then the celebration of someones birthday or being asked to perform in a concert. The inhuman way they were treated is related in much the same vein.
Even when the war ended and they were allowed to return to Prague, their home town, they were not treated kindly or well by the Czech citizens. All those who had benefitted from the displacement of the Jews when their property & possesions were stolen from them did not want any of them to return home. Instead of sympathy and help the pitifully few survivors had to deal with shocking and shameful hostility & resentment.
These events might have crushed & twisted a lesser person but her love of music not only saved her life and that of her son but helped to keep her sane in a world that was anything but.
This wonderful lady is an inspiration, she is now in her 108 year but still radiates hope, love, warmth and courage. Bitterness, anger or hatred have never been allowed to corrupt her love of life, a lesson that we could all benefit from.