Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy 107th to Alice Herz-Sommer, World's Oldest Holocaust Survivor

17 comments:

michael molovinsky said...

alice doesn't hold resentment or dwell on her past treatment. although her ability to do that, served her well to survive as a person, it would not collectively do the jews well to survive as a people. it's best they stay with "never forget"

Bernie O'Hare said...

I was deeply attracted to her story, and heard her say several times that "life is beautiful." This from a woman who lost everything to the Nazis. She was still able to find beauty. Her story should be required reading for every person who suffers from depression. I don't think she forgets, Michael. Nobody could forget. But I think she does serve as an inspiration for many who have been through very difficult times.

Anonymous said...

Does she live in the Lehigh Valley?

michael molovinsky said...

bernie, i have read and seen a number of pieces on her. there is a full documentary soon to be released. my first sentence in comment 1:22 is almost a quote. again, my point is about individual strategy for coping, vs. collective lessons for survival. i agree that she hasn't forgotten the experience.

Bernie O'Hare said...

No, she resides in London, I believe. I still thought it worth pointing out.

Anonymous said...

Not true say some, never was a holocaust...

Bernie O'Hare said...

Yeah, anti-Semites, PokerFace and wackos.

Anonymous said...

I doubt she is the oldest surviving Holocaust victim. Children were liberated. I n fact just last year on a Holocaust documentary. some of the children were interviewed.

One was ten in 1945 so that makes her 75 years old.

Bless this woman's soul and I am glad she has found peace but the title is very misleading.

Zionist source

Bernie O'Hare said...

I was unaware that the BBC was a Zionist source.

Anonymous said...

Mr. O'Hare I know how Mr. Angle feels about this topic but do you have a problem with someone who is a Zionist?

Bernie O'Hare said...

You don't know how Mr Angle feels and are too cowardly to identify yourself, and I do have a problem seeing the BBC and other mainstream sources identified as "Zionist" sources.

Anonymous said...

How drug addled is your brain? Who said the BBC is a Zionist source. I am a Zionist source. Until you change your blog policy, I reserve the right to remain anonymous. I do question your hostility towards someone who is a self-proclaimed Zionist. You may understand why I do not identify myself, as this attitude is all too common.

I am merely stating a fact. I don't know the precise source of your allegation. But this lady, God Bless her, is not the oldest survivor. I will leave it at that

Shalom

Bernie O'Hare said...

Zionist source, In your 6:52 PM comment, I was certain that you were claiming that the story about Alice is a Zionist source. I was unaware you were signing your name that way.
My mistake.

I am VERY sensitive to anything that could be construed as anti-Semitic, and have been told that I sometimes miss certain code words used by anti-Semites.

So I'll be careful. I'd rather have a Zionist mad at me for misunderstanding him than allow anti-Semitic remarks to go unchallenged. If you are a Zionist, you'll understand.

I am probably a Zionist myself in the sense that I support the self-determination of the Jewish people in their own homeland. But I do not support the more extreme aspects of Zionism or violence committed in its name.

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Anonymous said...

Zionist Source said:

"I doubt she is the oldest surviving Holocaust victim. Children were liberated. I n fact just last year on a Holocaust documentary. some of the children were interviewed.

One was ten in 1945 so that makes her 75 years old."

I said: "Huh?" I must be confused; how do the presence of 75-year-old survivors of the Holocaust prove that the woman who is 107 is not the oldest survivor? Cate

Wayne said...

Anonymous said...
I said: "Huh?" I must be confused
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It's not you... someone has confused the term "oldest survivor" with "last survivor".

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