Alice Herz Sommer, a Czech pianist and a music teacher, is an amazing lady with superb positive outlook in life. She was not only a survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp but also remains resolutely optimistic in her whole life. And now at 108 years old, Alice lives by herself in a tiny London flat with no assistance.
She still practices piano three hours every day. Alice is truly an inspiration and the best thing I learned from her is, “Everything is a present.” Some may ask, “Even the bad experience?” I truly believe so … there is always something we can learn from our experiences regardless good or bad. As Alice put it best in the video, “I know about the bad, but I look at the good thing.“
If the above video is not working, you can take a look at the video interview of Alice Herz Sommer by Bernard Hiller:
To leave you with the last lesson from this incredible woman in the interview above, “Hatred eats the soul of the hater not the hated.”
A Garden of Eden in Hell: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer
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Hi BK .. what a wonderful film – I nearly didn’t watch it – time constraints .. but am so glad I did – am now thinking what can I do with it ..
I’ll be back – great and amazing lady and I had heard of her – but hadn’t seen this video .. she is extraordinary and what amazing quotes – definitely ones we should all remember ..
Cheers – Hilary
Hi Hilary, good to see you here again. It is indeed a wonderful video interview. I have to admit I almost gave it a miss too. She is truly an amazingly inspiring lady.
She has a lovely smile. It’s amazing to hear her story.
John, she is an amazing lady.