Alice's Piano

The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer

Melissa Müller and Reinhard Piechocki; Foreword by Alice Herz-Sommer

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How music provided hope in one of the world's darkest times—the inspirational life story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest living Holocaust survivor
 
Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague in 1903. A talented pianist from a very early age, she became famous throughout Europe; but, as the Nazis rose to power, her world crumbled. In 1942, her mother was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp and vanished. In 1943, Alice, her husband and their six-year-old son were sent there, too. In the midst of horror, music, especially Chopin's Etudes, was Alice's salvation. Theresienstadt was a "show camp", a living slice of Nazi propaganda created to convince outsiders that the Jews were being treated humanely. In more than a hundred concerts, Alice gave her fellow prisoners hope in a time of suffering. Written with the cooperation of Alice Herz-Sommer, Melissa Müller and Reinhard Piechocki's Alice's Piano is the first time her story has been told. At 107 years old, she continues to play her piano in London and bring hope to many. 

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FRANTA CAME out of his employer’s office with a delivery note in his hand. A consignment of pharmaceutical scales had to be taken to the station that afternoon and put on a train for Vienna. On the way to the stables the servant paused to listen to the music coming from the drawing room of the flat in the courtyard. As she so often did after lunch, the heavily pregnant Sofie Herz was playing the piano.
Franta sat on a bench in the courtyard and looked up to the windows above.

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“Most moving is the story throughout of her loving bond with her son and how she saved him. No politics, intolerance, or self-righteousness, no talk of revenge, always the rigor and joy of music.”--Booklist (Starred Review)

 

“A miraculous journey of mother and son for whom music provided strength and nourishment.”--Kirkus Reviews

 


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Melissa Müller and Reinhard Piechocki; Foreword by Alice Herz-Sommer

MELISSA MÜLLER is an author and journalist living in Munich. Her collaboration with Traudl Junge became an international bestseller. She is also the author of Anne Frank: The Biography.
REINHARD PIECHOCKI is the author of a number of works of cultural history and a close friend of Alice Herz-Sommer’s for many years.
ALICE HERZ-SOMMER, at 107 years old, is the oldest living Holocaust survivor. She lives in London.

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Alice's Piano
The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer
Melissa Müller and Reinhard Piechocki; Foreword by Alice Herz-Sommer

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St. Martin's Press
March 2012
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ISBN: 9781466801929
ISBN10: 1466801921
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Plus three 8pg b&w inserts
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St. Martin's Press
March 2012
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ISBN: 9781250007414
ISBN10: 1250007410
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Plus two 8-page and one 4-page b&w photo inserts
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