A Century of Wisdom

At 108 years old Alice Herz-Sommer is the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor and concert pianist.

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"Understanding of others can lead to peace."

"I am never tired because my mind is active."

"I am richer than the world’s richest people, because I am a musician."

"We do not need things."

"Friends are precious."

"My optimism has helped me through my darkest days. It helps me now."




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About the author: Caroline Stoessinger is a pianist who has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art and from Sydney to Tokyo and Prague. She is president of The Mozart Academy, a music school that teaches children of immigrants and United Nations works tuition free and inspires the parents. Mayor Bloomberg recently presented her with the American Dreamer Award for her work with immigrants.


Excerpted from A CENTURY OF WISDOM by Caroline Stoessinger Copyright © 2012 by Teresa Carpenter. Excerpted by permission of Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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