World's Oldest Known Holocaust Survivor¹s 110th Birthday to be Celebrated 11/25 at Barnes & Noble at 82nd
New York author (A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer) and Mozart Academy founder Caroline Stoessinger is leading the New York celebration of the 110th birthday of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest known Holocaust survivor, whose spirit of survival has been made possible by her lifelong love of music. The New York celebration is focused on these two events:
When: Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 PM
Where: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York
What: Living Legend: Alice Herz-Sommer - a loving tribute by
When: Monday, November 25 at 7:00 PM
(the eve of Alice's 110th Birthday)
Where: Barnes & Noble, Broadway at 82nd Street, New York
Remarks by Caroline Stoessinger followed by book signing.
Alice's Apple Cake baked by Stoessinger herself) from Alice's own recipe in A Century of Wisdom, will be served.
Born in Bohemia and a musician from an early age, Alice played more than 100 concerts in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp for her fellow prisoners, giving them respite and hope. Alice's life offers many lessons for us all regarding resiliency and the power of music to sustain us in the most difficult of times.
Stoessinger not only wrote a prize-winning book, A Century of Wisdom,about the real-life Alice who has survived the best and most evil of times; she is also celebrating Alice's triumphant 110th birthday worldwide.
Stoessinger is on a mission to make the story of Alice's life in forgiveness and music known to all in search of a meaningful life. Alice has never forsaken music and music has never forsaken Alice.
Alice's life is inspiring for the world because she has lived so well for 110 years and still counting. Stoessinger believes Alice's long life and especially her clear mind are attributable to her ability to live in a state of forgiveness and forgoing bitterness and hatred. And Alice has lived and continues to live her life in music. Alice practices and plays for the love and comfort of music.
Despite the fact that the Nazis destroyed her career, she has continued to play for music alone. She is not bitter about her career. Music is her friend, her solace. She is the only person known to be able to play works by Back, Chopin and Schubert at 110.