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UK: Music and joy in her heart, 108-year-old pianist and Holocaust survivor has 'no room for pessimism or hate'

Global Mother Divine Organization    Translate This Article
18 July 2012

This spring, the Foundation for Total Knowledge Based Music of the Global Mother Divine Organization in the UK presented their first Invincibility Award to 108-year-old pianist Alice Herz-Sommer.

The award was given in honour of Ms Herz-Sommer's life of remarkable achievement and inspiring attitude in overcoming adversity—and in fact, as one of the presenters commented, 'for naturally and effortlessly arriving at the goal many of us strive to achieve—the ideal life of an enlightened woman'.

Born in Prague in a Jewish family, Alice at an early age became an accomplished pianist, and music has been the inspiring force of her life. Though going through challenging experiences, escaping the Holocaust and losing her family, even in difficult times she had music in her heart and more than ever she was sure that God was music; thus she has always been optimistic and happy, enjoying her life.

In her brilliant piano performances she has inspired joy, hope, and confidence in her listeners, nourishing them with life's inner essence and showing to the world the immensity of human potential.

Alice still plays the piano for two hours in the morning and afternoon. She told the GMDO representatives that she is the oldest woman in England. She lives independently in a small flat: one room with bed, piano, and other furniture. 'When we came, there in the middle of the room sat Alice, with a beaming smile of greeting, large shining eyes, and a glow about her that one rarely sees,' one of her visitors said.

Alice graciously accepted her award and one of the presenters read aloud the wording. All the time Alice nodded and smiled her appreciation, and quietly murmured her thanks.

Alice said that she has had a beautiful life, full of the only things that are important, 'LOVE, MUSIC, and┬áNATURE'—all wonderful, beautiful gifts to be enjoyed by everyone. Alice said she has no room in her vocabulary or her life for hate, for pessimism. She has often emphasized that joy of life is every human being's choice and can be lived every day.

When the delegation was leaving, she thanked them again for the Award and said, 'Be happy and enjoy'.

The GMDO representatives treasured the experience of meeting 'this inspiring and delightful lady. I felt very humble in her presence,' one of the women said. 'The experience highlighted the value of these seasonal awards that now the Global Mother Divine Organization is giving to honour the great and inspiring women in our communities. It is such a beautiful and uplifting experience, which inspires everyone involved . . . . in an atmosphere of celebration and appreciation that naturally opens hearts.'

© Copyright 2012 Global Mother Divine Organization

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