|Director: Malcolm Clarke
Genre: Documentary Feature
Running Time: 39 min
|Date: Thursday, November 13, 11:30 am
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
At 109 years old, Alice Herz-Sommer was the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor and practicing pianist. In this Oscar-winning short, Alice shares her views on how to live a happy and full life come what may. Having survived Nazi-occupied Prague, the murder of her mother and husband in concentration camps, and most recently, the tragic loss of her own son, it is remarkable to watch Alice, full of laughter and gratitude, dutifully playing the piano with as much vigor and gusto as a master musician half her age. Relentlessly positive and witty, Alice speaks of her time spent at the camps with no hint of malice. It is her belief that life is endlessly fascinating and each and every moment that we can experience it, we are blessed. Her relationship to people, to music, and most importantly to herself, is what makes Alice an enthralling subject and an astonishing human being.
Special Guest: Dr. Marcia Sachs Littell, Professor Emeritus, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, The Richard Stockton College of NJ
Special Event: Film followed by lunch and piano performance by Regina Shenderovich, who will play selections from Herz-Sommer’s repertoire
Sponsored By: Barbara and Mickey Black, Harriet Potashnick, Amy and Richard Oller
Community Partners: Settlement Music School, Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia, The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, Anti-Defamation League Philadelphia
Russian-American pianist Regina Shenderovich received her early training at the Special Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. She holds her Bachelor of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory and Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Leon Fleisher.