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Alice's Piano

Alice's Piano

The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer

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

St. Martin's Press




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.




"One happy, one sad…"

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...


Praise for Alice's Piano

“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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About the author

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.

Melissa Müller

Melissa Müller

Reinhard Piechocki

Reinhard Piechocki

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