The oldest known survivor of the Holocaust, Alice Herz-Sommer, died yesterday at 110.
"I think I am in my last days but it does not really matter because I have had such a beautiful life."
“Young people take everything for granted, whereas we, the elderly, understand nature, “ Herz-Sommer told Haaretz in an interview at age 106. “What I have learned, at my advanced age, is to be grateful that we have a nice life. There is electricity, cars, telegraph, telephone, Internet. We also have hot water all day long. We live like kings. I even got used to the bad weather in London,” she said.
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jew … m-1.575973
Can you imagine the changes she has seen? Born before the Model T car, for Pete's sake! We even have the telegraph and hot water all day long.
God bless this woman. She is one beautiful human being. She survived the worst of hells. Such people should forever be revered and honored. NEVER FORGET. NEVER FORGET.
Wow 110, and she was so wise. I guess having lived through the horror of the holocaust you would be greatful for everything in life. We'd do well to be as appreciative as Alice. May she rest in peace.
Wow, Beth. So amazing! I can't imagine living through that much of our history. It is true that we, and our children, do not appreciate how easy we have it with all the modern convenience. We could all use a little gratitude...!
Kind of puts a different perspective on being poor today, doesn't it? That lady likely grew up with candles, a town crier and no running water. Outhouse in the back 40, feet for travel and with 5 or 6 kids sleeping together in the loft.
How quickly we forget. My great grandmother was the first caucasian woman, and the second couple, to enter little valley not far from where I live now and the stories from her childhood are simply amazing. A three day wagon ride to the cannery, when I drive it in an hour. Digging miles of irrigation ditch by hand while maintaining a constant grade. Shooting salmon - it was a staple then, not a luxury. Week long camping trips in the wagon to pick berries - another staple. She was ecstatic when she got her first ever wooden floor, after being there for a decade. Grandma was crippled, and a wondrous day when the family got a horse; she could get to the school now!
We've forgotten what hardship really means.
I love this woman. May she rest in peace, even as her life has enriched us and made the world a better place.
Which is more impressive? That she lived to be 110 and yet was still so lively and positive? Or that she survived the holocaust as a person with a joyful outlook? Or maybe that she was THE LAST survivor? That part really gets me. There will no longer be a soul on earth to tell us about one of the greatest horrors of all time that only some survived at all. This is a momentous occasion. The world just lost something incredibly special. If Jennifer Aniston died today, the entire world would freak out.
This is beautiful, thanks Beth for bringing to our awareness.
Of course. It's an honor just to know about her.
If you'd like to see a documentary about her (it was nominated for an Oscar) it's called:
Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life.
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