Alice Herz-Sommer was a pianist also believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, living to 110.  She combined an astonishing resilience and a passion for music, and the discipline of the piano she applies adroitly to the business of life.

‘The artist’s job is never done.  It is the same with life.  We can only strive towards rightness.  As with music, I search for meaning.  I practice life.’


Source: Alice Herz-Sommer, quoted in Caroline Stoessinger, Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2012), p. 207

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