The death of Alice Herz-Sommer was announced today. No cause for huge sadness as she had reached the grand old age of 110 and lived an amazing life.
That’s a pretty remarkable feat in anyone but in Alice’s case even more so. Alice had survived, against all the odds, the concentration camps of World War Two, and even more remarkably, she had survived with her ability to love and forgive intact.
I mention Alice often when delivering training because her life has a message for us all. Asked why she had lived so long she replied:
I never spoke a word about it….I didn’t want my son to grow up with hatred in his heart…….my son had very good friends in Germany.
I had a twin sister – same mother, same father, same upbringing. She was extremely gifted but a terrible pessimist, but I was the contrary. This is the reason I am so old, even now, I am sure. I am looking for the nice things in life. I know about the bad things, but I only look for the good things.
Life is beautiful, extremely beautiful. And when you are old you appreciate it more. When you are older you think, you remember, you care and you appreciate. You are thankful for everything. For everything.
Rest in peace Alice Herz-Sommer, and thanks for the lesson.
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Posted on February 24th, 2014 by Jane