A great piano survivor is gone

We have been notified of the death of the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, survivor of the Terezin concentration camp  and a  powerful witness to torture and injustice who played Bach as a healing balm daily to the end of her days. She was 110 years old. A documentary about her life has been shortlisted for the Oscars.

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  • Very sad news. I bought the documentary of her life. A beautifully done film.

    I grew up seeing her on the halls of the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. Never talked to her.After seeing the movie I felt very sorry for a missed opportunity.

    May she rest in piece.

    • Wonderful and far-ranging interview. She was a link to a whole world that barbarians destroyed. Many thanks!

  • Stunning. I’ll add immodestly that my father was the first foreigner to inspect Auschwitz while the ovens were still warm…It ruined the rest of his life. That Alice made it to 110 is a testimony to her strength. May she rest in peace.

  • I got totally verklempt seeing her with violinist Daniel Hope in Binding & Mirow’s “Refuge in Music: Terezin” (on DVD from Deutsche Grammophon). He comes for tea at her flat and he plays Bach for her.

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