- In-Between Two Worlds
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- A garden of Eden in Hell : the life of Alice Herz-Sommer (Book, ) [bersancmebeaci.ml]
- A Garden of Eden in Hell: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer
In-Between Two Worlds
What are Jews? What is War? Who is Hitler? I was concerned not to awake in him a hatred. It is a terrible shock for a child to lose a father. This was my challenge to bring him up without hatred because hatred brings only hatred. This is the main thing in my life.
On Air Now
She built a strong wall around me out of love and gave me such security that I could not find anything extraordinary in our lives. In retrospect I can say with good conscience that my childhood was wonderfully happy. I lived under the protecting veil of my mother and so cannot describe the darker side of our lives in the concentration camp. Not once did she allow me to see the humiliations and insults she had to suffer. That this was possible behind the wire of a National Socialist concentration camp must in all truth be called a miracle.
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He was living two years on a mattress with me. A child feeds a mother and she gives him security so he knows nothing can happen while the mother is so close to him.
A garden of Eden in Hell : the life of Alice Herz-Sommer (Book, ) [bersancmebeaci.ml]
So it was for us. Around 15, children were sent to Theresienstadt, just remained upon liberation. In , a performance of Brundibar was used by the SS authorities to hoodwink Red Cross officials that the camp was a model Jewish settlement with humane conditions.
They made the same mistake as Alice had upon hearing of the musical programmes. Born into a wealthy family of German speaking, non religious Jews, Alice enjoyed a happy childhood in Prague with her four siblings. Full of music and friends, she attended concerts, swam in the Moldau with family friend Franz Kafka and attended the German Academy for Music and Drama from the age of My younger brother was an excellent violinist and every evening my mother sat next to the stove and heard us play, sonatas, concertos, whatever we had learned.http://bgd.qc.ca/the-magician-penguin-classics.php
A Garden of Eden in Hell: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer
This was my best school. From until the German occupation, Alice enjoyed a successful career as a concert pianist in Prague, she met and married Leopold Sommer, but in March, the German army occupied the city. In July , Sofie was deported to Theresienstadt and from there to Treblinka. This is the most difficult thing ever written for the piano.
No-one wrote more difficult things than these extremely beautiful compositions, sitting and playing for hours and hours and hours helped me. There are people who remember still how I played them in the concentration camp. I think he knows more about my life than I do and I feel I have lived twice, once in reality and once through this book. It was not too upsetting because the many people missing in my life are living through this book - my beloved son, my family, mother, father, brothers and sisters.
Alice returned to Prague after liberation where she discovered Leopold had died of fever in Dachau. Quite, quite terrible. But here in this Monarchy there is freedom for everyone to speak whatever they want. We take it for granted but this is a great happiness to live in freedom.