2 days ago a friend of ours introduced me to Alice Herz-Sommer through a link:
and her biography: Alice’s Piano, The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer byMelissa Muller and Reinhard Piechocki
She is 108 years old, a survivor of Holocaust. She followed her mother’s advice:
“Practice the Chopin’s Etudes. They will save you.”…”Every day for a year, I knuckled down to this seemingly insufferable task and mastered all the twenty-four of them.”
Last night we watched an old movie, Empire of the Sun, a story of WW11 from the perspective of a 12 year old boy, Jamie, and his enduring survival attitude.