There are lessons that tragedy can teach us.
The Holocaust was an unspeakable tragedy then and Covid 19 is a global tragedy today.
The key is, when facing hardships, find inspiration in the stories of your forebears. Their endurance models hope, strength, and a belief that the future will be better. If they could do it, we can hang on to that same hope.
Alice Herz Sommer is such an inspiration to all of us.
She is the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor….(26 November 1903 – 23 February 2014…..she passed away at age 110)
Oscar-winning filmmaker Malcolm Clarke and international film producer Nick Reed wrote and produced a film about Alice called “The Lady in Number 6.” It is one of the most uplifting and inspirational films of the year.
Before the second World War, Alice was a well known concert pianist performing throughout Europe. But when Hitler declared war on the world, all of Europe collapsed and witnessed many years of unspeakable pain and suffering. Alice’s concert career and life as she knew it was over. Both her beloved husband and mom were deported to Auschwitz and gassed to death, and Alice and her six-year-old son, Raphael were imprisoned in Theresienstadt concentration camp. Her most painful memories are of her helplessness and inability to feed her child or to answer his many questions about why they and so many others were being subjected to the indescribable nightmare of the Holocaust.
Despite her desperate circumstances, Alice found a way to look beyond the horrors of the concentration camp, and tried to find joy and strength. She found joy, happiness and strength through her music. Music preserved her sanity and her life. She loves speaking of playing more than 100 concerts inside the concentration camp, because it brought hope to the countless prisoners.
Alice says: ”Music is beautiful. Life is beautiful. Beethoven, Bach, Brahms gave us a miracle, they gave us their music. One of the greatest philosophers said that music is on the first place of art. It brings us in another world, an island of peace, beauty and love. It helps us to have HOPE. Music is God.”
Kids all over the world are now dealing with the consequences of Covid 19, a rapidly changing world that seems to be spinning out of control. We, their parents, must remind them that there are real Superheroes, like Alice Herz, who have overcome and so can our kids. There is always Hope.
Music is powerful and no one can take it away from you.
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