Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Lady in Number 6

      I recently watched the documentary 'The Lady in Number 6' . It is a documentary about the life of Alice Herz-Sommer, an 109 year old holocaust survivor.  She was a pianist and the fact that she was able to play piano is why she survived the holocaust. The documentary is a bit slow moving, but it is amazing to see the spirit of Alice Herz Sommer. She was such a positive person despite all the tragedy in her life.  
      Sommer's husband was killed in the war, but she and their son survived. He grew up to be a musician as well. He died at the age of 64 after a concert tour. He left a wife and two sons. Sommer was so grateful that her son did not have a long and painful illness. She stressed that she believed this with all of her heart. She was so thankful. It really gives a person perspective. What Sommer was really saying was that she was grateful that her son lived to the age of 64 and was not murdered in the holocaust. Indeed she was correct. Though her son did not live an especially long life , he was able to live a good life and give her much nachas. Hitler wanted her son to die as a child . Instead, b"h , he lived to be a successful musician a husband and a father. Her relationship with music made gave her life, her appreciation for what is important in life makes her someone to be admired.

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