THE REMARKABLE AND COURAGEOUS LIFE OF ALICE HERZ-SOMMER

I have told Richie Allen that there is a holocaust survivor living on the southern coast of Spain called Naomi. Allen has got 3 hours every night to talk about what he wants and he did not even acknowledge my reference to Naomi.

I have no way of contacting Naomi but the radio station of Allen certainly will have her details.

naomi is well into her 80s now and she told onj air before that she was in Palestine round the 47 period and that she had to leave for Cyprus.

What Allen will do is anybody´s guess and i have no idea where he stands on israel as he only touches “safe” subjects.

The following is an amazing story and the video can be found on the Pamela geller website

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/11/dancing-under-the-gallows.html

Below is a clip released last month. It is a preview of a longer documentary (called “Dancing under the gallows”) which will appear next year. I suggest you watch the video first, and then read my commentary, which gives additional information.

Deep gratitude to Tom Gross for the video and the post:

A TRUE SURVIVOR

Tom Gross adds:

Alice Herz-Sommer lives alone in a small single-room apartment in north London, and considers herself one of the luckiest people alive.

Besides being the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor, Alice is also the second oldest person in London. She was a leading pianist in Prague before the war, and even now (she turns 107 this month), continues to play the piano for three hours or more every day, performing Schubert, Smetana and Beethoven in a style long forgotten, the style of Artur Schnabel, who was one of her teachers.

She was born in 1903 in Prague, then still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Growing up in the Jewish cultural circles of Prague, as a young girl she knew Franz Kafka, who was a very close friend of her elder sister’s husband. She started playing the piano when she was five, taking lessons with a distinguished pupil of Liszt, Conrad Ansorge. At 16, she became the youngest member of the master class at Prague’s prestigious German musical academy.

Alice Herz-Sommer, in Prague before the war
“MUSIC WAS MY FOOD”

In March 1939, Hitler occupied Czechoslovakia and Jews were forced out of their jobs and banned from public transport, parks, theatres, concert halls and swimming pools, and forbidden to have jewelry, cash or own telephones. “Although we were poor, had nothing to eat and the Nazis and their Czech collaborators took away all our belongings,” Alice says, “for me the greatest punishment was having to wear the yellow star. When I went on the street my best non-Jewish friends didn’t dare to look at me.”

After two years in the Prague ghetto, she was deported with her husband and son to the Theresienstadt concentration camp (known as Terezín in Czech), north of Prague, where tens of thousands of Jews were killed. She became part of the camp orchestra and even managed to play Chopin’s 24 Etudes from memory.

“We were hardly given any food in Theresienstadt. We lost weight. We scavenged for potato peelings as people starved to death around us. People ask, ‘How could you make music?’ We were so weak. But music was special, like a spell. Music was my food. There were excellent musicians there in the camp orchestra, really excellent. Violinists, cellists, singers, conductors and composers.”

ONE OF ONLY 130 CHILDREN TO SURVIVE

Her husband (a well-known violinist who she married in 1931) was moved from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz in 1944, and then to Dachau, where he was killed along with most other members of her family. In 1942, her adored elderly mother (who, as a child, was a friend of Gustav Mahler) was deported from Theresienstadt to the Treblinka extermination camp.

Above: A memorial at Treblinka.
Each stone represents a Jewish town or city,
the population of which was exterminated at the camp

Alice’s 6 year-old-son Raphael, who was a talented singer, took part in performances of Hans Krasa’s children’s opera Brundibar, given as part of the Nazis’ attempts to show how “normal” life was in Theresienstadt for the visiting Red Cross. Out of 15,000 children who were sent to the camp, he was one of only 130 to survive.

Alice and her son (now aged 8) were liberated by the Red Army on May 9, 1945, the last day of the war. “When I came back home it was very, very painful because nobody else came back. The whole family of my husband, several members of my family, all my friends, all the friends of my family, nobody came back. Then I realized what Hitler had done.”

She then moved to Israel (joining one of her sisters who had managed to escape there before the war) and taught music in Tel Aviv. “I must say, when I moved to Israel there was not a day without political tension, but to experience democracy! After Hitler and Stalin, you feel what it means. You can read, speak, trust everyone. It was a beautiful life in Israel, inspiring. Musicians, scientists and writers – they all came and lectured. It was a cultural centre. I was very happy.”

In 1986, at the prompting of her son who had moved to England, she moved to London.

 

“LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL”

One of the other women featured in the video clip above is Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who was born in 1925 in Breslau (which was then in Germany but is now part of Poland and has been renamed Wroclaw). Anita is a cellist of world renown, and one of the only surviving members of the 40-piece Women’s Orchestra at Auschwitz. The orchestra was conducted by Alma Rosé, the daughter of Gustav Mahler’s sister Justine, before she died in Auschwitz in 1944.

There’s more. Read the rest.

 http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/11/dancing-under-the-gallows.html

We on 4international are totally convinced that the level of antisemitism in the system today is on a par with the early to mid 1930s and that there exists a Hitler type figure in the form of Ahmadinejad, more especially in the whole of Arab and Mullah Fascism in the Middle East.

It will be very interesting to see if Richie Allen (and remember he has 3 hours every night at his disposal) will follow up my suggestion to him via email concerning this very interesting elderly lady called Naomi. So far Allen has not given me the courtesy of getting back to me re Naomi so things do not look hopeful on giving Naomi the respectful platform that she deserves.

(Allen’s station is called Talk Radio Europe)

PS Allen has not covered the threat to Israel from Ahmadinejad either, and most other things concerning the threats made to Israel, for example, current at the moment, from Nasrullah (Hizbullah)

In fact there is one comment to the above article on the link above which pretty well covers the silence of Allen on these issues today, or at least causes us on 4international to ask questions about Allen,about the politics of Allen, given his silence on these vital issues facing Israel today, and it is the following:

Davida dijo…

The nazis had the prisoners play music so that they could show the world, that the Jews were being treated well in the “prison” camps, but wasn’t anyone asking why Jewish people were being rounded up, from all over Europe to be put in “prison” camps? What crimes had they committed? I guess it was a big yawn then as it is now, with Christian, Jews, Hindus etc., being slaughtered by the muslims.

(end of comment on Atlas Shrugs)

The point of relevance in the above comment on Atlas Shrugs is that despite all the time broadcasting power that Allen has I do believe that he has totally ignored not only the threats against Israel, but also the threats against Christians in the Middle East, and the massive Exodus of Christians from Iraq, which considering that Allen comes from Waterford in Ireland, and Ireland is a Catholic and a Christian country, I find his silence remarkable and question provoking.

By the way, if Allens want to reply here to this, then indeed we on 4international never censure and will publish in full.

Note: the boss of Allen, one Stephen Gilmour, is a friend of George Galloway and is notoriously prepared to use the reactionary British Libel Laws against opponents and was prepared in the past to use these reactionary British libel laws against 4international.

So nota bene Gilmour, we are not claiming anybody is an antisemite here, we are merely asking questions about the silence (as far as we know and can judge) about Allen on his massively long 3 hour nightly show.

Ther is no law against asking questions.

We merely try to get the truth about the real politics of Allen. We want to get around the “blarney” and get to the real truth.

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