A Century of Wisdom

A Century of Wisdom

Lessons From the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor

Book - 2012
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Collects life lessons by a Holocaust survivor and concert pianist, sharing the wisdom she has gleaned and insights into her resolve to thrive in spite of loss and her choice to harbor no bitterness toward her oppressors.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812992816
Branch Call Number: B STOESSINGER
Characteristics: 232 p


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Nov 28, 2016

Written in first person narrative of intriguing stories of victims life and how she survived. I would recommend this book. Excellent read.

Aug 05, 2014

It's really too bad this is so poorly written, because I'm sure the actual story would be unforgettable. However, the book is written in a sort of 'that day she went to the store, this person said hi' way that doesn't do service to the woman's history. Maybe a professional writer will get hold of the story and do it justice at some point. Meanwhile, I can't finish this one.

May 03, 2013

Alice Herz-Sommer was never in a concentration camp and was not in the Holocaust. She passed the War giving piano recitals in Theresienstadt, which was not a concentration camp. The book badly misstates conditions there. See my detailed comment with the Audiobook entry for this title.

Mar 05, 2013

A wonderful subject for a biography, and worthy of a better writer. Mrs. Herz-Sommer's story and attitude are amazing, and kept me reading. The writing is amateurish, repetitive, hagiographic, and has odd gaps that are filled in later for no apparent literary reason. While the overall story was transcribed from interviews, the book is written generally in chronological order and so these gaps are a bit jarring.

Jan 24, 2013

A story of perseverance and simplicity from a world famous pianist who survived the concentration camps, partly by providing concerts, and who at 109 years of age still practices the piano daily.


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