Skip to comments.Alice Herz-Sommer, Who Found Peace in Chopin Amid Holocaust, Dies at 110
Posted on 02/28/2014 9:15:45 AM PST by Borges
Throughout her two years in Theresienstadt, through the hunger and cold and death all around her, through the loss of her mother and husband, Alice Herz-Sommer was sustained by a Polish man who had died long before. His name was Frédéric Chopin.
It was Chopin, Mrs. Herz-Sommer averred to the end of her long life, who let her and her young son survive in the camp, also known as Terezin, which the Nazis operated in what was then Czechoslovakia from 1941 until the end of the war in Europe.
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Chopin has always been my favorite too...
Sad comment about our education system and our young. As the Holocaust survivors leave us, there will soon be no one to tell future generations about this sad chapter in history. And it makes it much easier to initiate Holocaust II.
Alfred Gudeman, an American classical scholar of some distinction, author of several books and many articles, died in Theresienstadt in 1942 at the age of 80. He had been living in Germany before WWI and lost his US citizenship during the war. He tried unsuccessfully to get it restored later. He was sent to Theresienstadt because he was Jewish.