At the end of the day ….


~~February 26, 2014~~

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~~Friend~~

“I NEED SOMEONE FROM CHRIST UNITY CHURCH IN ORLANDO TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ME ASAP. WE NEED A PRIEST.”

~~Friend~~

Thank you everyone we got in touch with Alice she came to bless Joe.

He will be out of pain soon and resting in the arms of Jesus.

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Because I could not stop for Death

  Because I could not stop for Death
He kindly stopped for me
The Carriage held but just Ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove — He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility.

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess — in the Ring
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain
We passed the Setting Sun

Or rather — He passed Us
The Dews drew quivering and chill
For only Gossamer, my Gown
My Tippet — only Tulle

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground
The Roof was scarcely visible
The Cornice — in the Ground

Since then — ’tis Centuries —   and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads
Were toward Eternity.

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Source: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15395

Because I could not stop for Death” is a lyrical poem by Emily Dickinson first published posthumously in Poems: Series 1 in 1890. The poem is about Death. Dickinson personifies him (death) as a gentleman caller who takes a leisurely carriage ride with the poet to her grave.

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Angel (Sarah McLachlan) – Piano

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We ALL are with YOU!! 

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Alice Herz-Sommer … oldest surviving Holocaust … RIP!


~~February 26, 2014~~ 

She passed away on February 23. I don’t want any more time to go by without honoring her and her life. 

Alice Herz-Sommer, also known as Alice Sommer, (26 November 1903 – 23 February 2014) was a pianist, music teacher, and supercentenarian from Bohemia, and a survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp, where she was sent by the Nazis because of her Jewish origins.

She lived in Belsize Park in London from 1986 until her death, and at the age of 110 was the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor.

Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor and pianist, passed away in London yesterday, February 23, 2014, at the age of 110.

Her incredible life story is told in the new documentary, “The Lady in Number 6,” which has been nominated for a 2014 Oscar. As the film’s producer, Nicholas Reed, writes: “Kids all over the world grow up on superheroes”.

We must remind them, is documentaries that tell stories about ‘real superheroes.’ Superheroes are based on great people, real people, like Alice Herz Sommer.”

Born in Prague in 1903, Herz-Sommer pursued a career as a classical musician until the Nazis prohibited Jews from performing in public. She then remained in Prague caring for her ailing mother, who was arrested and killed at the Treblinka extermination camp in 1942.

The following year, Herz-Sommer was sent with her husband and 6-year-old son to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. 

Theresienstadt was an unusual camp in that, although tens of thousands of people died there and many more were transported from there to extermination camps, it was also designated by the Nazis as a model camp for propaganda purposes.

Many prominent Jewish artists and intellectuals were imprisoned there and permitted to maintain a cultural life. The Nazis would make films about life in the camp and, late in the war, allowed International Red Cross representatives to tour it in an effort to create the false impression that Jews were being treated humanely at their camps. 

During her two years at the camp, Herz-Sommer played in more than 100 concerts. As she recounted in an interview, “Whenever I knew that I had a concert, I was happy. Music is magic. We performed in the council hall before an audience of 150 old, hopeless, sick and hungry people. They lived for the music. It was like food to them. If they hadn’t come to hear us, they would have died long before. As we would have.”

In September 1944, her husband, Leopold, was sent to Auschwitz and later to Dachau where he died of illness. In May 1945, Herz-Sommer and her son were freed when the Soviet army liberated Theresienstadt. She later moved to Israel and worked as a professor of music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music for nearly 40 years until emigrated to London in 1986 to be near her son.

Through it all, Herz-Sommer was known for her remarkably positive outlook on life. Toward the end of her life, she observed: “I think I am in my last days but it does not 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.”

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To watch an excerpt of the documentary about Alice Herz-Sommer’s life, visithttp://bit.ly/1hqJ2C9 or learn more about documentary at http://nickreedent.com/

There were also two books for adults recently published about her life: “A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor” (http://amzn.to/1h6nZGw) and “Alice’s Piano: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer” (http://amzn.to/1fntTEf)

For more stories for all ages of girls and women living through the WWII period, including numerous stories related to the Holocaust, visit our “WWII/Holocaust” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/history-world?cat=186

 

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~~Alice Herz Sommer~~

The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life

~~Official Trailer~~

Published on May 1, 2013

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The Lady in Number 6 is one of the most inspirational stories ever told. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and oldest holocaust survivor, shares her views on how to live a long happy life.

She discusses the vital importance of music, laughter and having an optimistic outlook on life.

This powerfully inspirational video tells her amazing story of survival and how she managed to use her time in a Nazi concentration camp to empower herself and others with music.

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 

In Memory Of Trayvon Martin Feb 5, 1995 – Feb 26, 2012


Two years today …. remembering his life!!

End Stand Your Ground

In Memory Of Trayvon Martin (Feb 5, 1995 – Feb 26, 2012), a video by Diego Rodriguz found on YouTube, with a montage of sometimes familiar, touching photos of Trayvon Martin, offers a poignant memorial to the African-American teenager whose death on February 26, 2012 opened widespread, heated debate on race and gun rights in America.

As his killer continues to be a free man, we do hope Trayvon may rest in peace, yet that may not happen until the battle is won to change or repeal stand your ground laws.

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Texas ban on marriage equality ruled unconstitutional, Rick Perry upset


Yesss!!! This can’t be stopped!!

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A federal judge on Wednesday declared Texas’ ban on equal marriage unconstitutional; the judge also ruled that the state’s refusal to recognize the unions of gay couples married in other states to be unconstitutional.

As the San Antonio Express News notes, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia stayed the decision pending the state’s appeal, meaning that the state ban on marriage equality remains in effect for now.

“Regulation of marriage has traditionally been the province of the states and remains so today,” Garcia wrote in the ruling. “However, any state law involving marriage or any other protected interest must comply with the United States Constitution.”

Gov. Rick Perry, if you can believe it, is upset by the decision and has vowed to appeal it:



Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman…

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What the World Needs Now is Love…


Info getting out there!!! This is happening …

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Uganda ‘s president has signed a controversial law allowing those convicted of homosexuality to be imprisoned for life, defying international disapproval from western donor nations.

At a public ceremony in a packed room at the State House in Entebbe,Yoweri Museveni formally initialled the anti-homosexuality act, which also outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires citizens to denounce to the police anyone suspected of being gay. “No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature. That’s why I have agreed to sign the bill,” Museveni said in a speech at the presidential palace near the capital, Kampala.

“Outsiders cannot dictate to us. This is our country. I advise friends from the west not to make this an issue, because if they make it an issue the more they will lose. If the west does not want to work with us because of homosexuals, then we have enough space to ourselves here.”

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