Crematorium_Terezin_cemeteryCrematorium and graveyard at Terezin concentration camp

Last Sunday one of my all-time favorite people died. Alice Herz-Sommer was 110 years old.

Alice survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin. Even though her husband and many family and friends died there, she came away physically and emotionally unharmed. It’s pretty hard to believe, but Alice bore no hatred or resentment toward Nazi Germany.

She loved music and it’s part of the reason she walked away from Terezin virtually unscathed. She said, “I am Jewish, but Beethoven is my religion.” And she said “Hatred brings only hatred.”

What a magnificent way to live out your life—and what a magnificent lady!

Shortly before she died Alice said “I think I am in my last days but it doesn’t really matter because I have had such a beautiful life. And life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love.”

Most of us will never experience the horrors Alice did. Yet we sometimes still need reminders to be thankful for all the blessings we have in our lives—I know I certainly need a reminder now and then.


In this video, Everything Is a Present, Alice talks about all she‘s thankful for in her life.

Related links:

What Is Forgiveness and Why Do You Need It?
A Life Without Hatred
The Meaning of Life
A God of Hatred


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