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My Take: 7 life lessons from a Holocaust survivor
Author Caroline Stoessinger, right, befriended Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommers.
April 19th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

My Take: 7 life lessons from a Holocaust survivor

Editor's Note: Caroline Stoessinger, a concert pianist, is the author of "A Century of Wisdom: Lesson's From the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor."

By Caroline Stoessinger, Special to CNN

At age 108, Alice Herz-Sommers is the world's oldest survivor of the Holocaust. She was imprisoned at Theresienstadt, which was conceived by Hitler as a "model" concentration camp.

Herz-Sommers - Alice, as I know her - is a pianist. In between summer 1943 and the camp's liberation at the end of the war, she played more than 100 concerts at Theresienstadt. Most were solo recitals culled from memory from her extensive repertoire. She has survived for more than a century with a profound faith in humanity intact and a smile on her face.

As music is her kind of prayer, Alice still practices piano - Bach, Beethoven, Schubert – for three hours every day.

I got to know her in London, where she now lives, through mutual friends who are musicians, historians and Holocaust survivors. For Holocaust Remembrance Day, here are 7 lessons she has taught me:

1. Hatred only begets hatred

Alice recognizes that anyone, anywhere, and at any time can adopt hatred and, worse, can infect others with its venom. Hatred that may begin with one person, like a single pebble cast into a lake, can spread out incrementally to larger and larger groups, and even to entire nations.

"We are responsible for our actions and our words," she says. " And each of us must vigilantly guard against prejudice and hatred in our own minds and with the words that fall from our lips. No one is exempt. Hitler could not have come to power except in the climate of excessive hatred."

2. Love your work, no matter the situation

Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler's "hangman," and his underlings understood that adding musical and artistic events to Theresienstadt could be a huge publicity stunt, to prove to the outside world that all was OK for the Jews.

They ordered the prisoners to form a Freizeitgestaltung, or Free Time Committee, to organize concerts, lectures and other events. Crudely printed posters appeared to advertise the programs.

Prisoners had no money so tickets were free. So many musicians had been sent to Theresienstadt that for a time before the members were shipped to their deaths in Auschwitz, four symphony orchestras could play there simultaneously.

The artists took their performances just as seriously as if they were performing on the world stage. "As our situation became even more difficult, we tried even harder to reach for perfection, for the meaning in the music," Alice says. "Music was our way of remembering our inner selves, our values."

The Nazis failed to understand that the power of music to provide comfort and hope to the performers and their audiences was stronger than the terror of their Nazi masters. Every composition that
was written in Theresienstadt, every concert played there, became a moral victory against the enemy.

3. Perseverance

On Alice's third day in Theresienstadt, she was told to play a recital the following week. "But I need to practice," she responded.

The next morning, Alice found the room where she had been assigned the 9:00 – 10:00 practice slot. With no time to waste, she began to work on her Chopin etudes only to find that the pedal did not work and that several keys stuck repeatedly.

Refusing to be defeated, she quickly adapted to the piano's limitations and began to play with abandon, losing herself in the music. "At least I was making music and that always made me happy," she says.

Despite the conditions in the camp and the inadequate, broken-down, legless instruments provided for concerts, emotionally she may have given her finest interpretations of Beethoven's and Schubert's sonatas in Theresienstadt.

4. In routine there is hope

Despite the filth and hunger, Alice's routine life of working her obligatory factory job, performing, caring for her six-year-old son Rafi, and giving him and a few other children elementary piano lessons in spare moments helped her never to lose hope.

"We were not heroic," Alice says. "We improvised. We managed to keep doing, keep working as usual. To not practice was unthinkable."

5. If you have something spiritual, you don't need as much food

In the camp Alice learned what she could live without. Rather than grieving for what she did not have, she rejoiced in what she had. Alice knew that no one could rob her of the treasures of her mind. "I am richer than the world's richest person because I have music in my heart and mind," she says today.

While performing the prisoners could nearly forget their hunger and their surroundings. Besides the terror of finding their names on a deportation list for Auschwitz, the fear of dying of starvation, typhus, and other diseases had become a reality.

"Music was our food, our religion and our hope," she says. "Music was life. We did not, could not, would not give up."

6. Complaining does not help. It makes everyone feel bad.

Alice is anything but naïve and is acutely aware of the evil that has always been present in our world. "I know about the bad, but I look for the good," she says.

7. Faith is stronger than fear.

As she faces the last years of her life, Alice does not waste time with fears of death and worries about the unknown. "We come from and return to infinity," she says. "The soul
lives on without the body." Alice finds consolation in her spiritual theme song, "Urlicht," with its opening words "I come from God and I will return to God."

"Things are as they are supposed to be," she says. "I am still here, never too old so long as I breathe to wonder, to learn, and to teach."

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Caroline Stoessinger.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Holocaust • Judaism • Opinion

soundoff (507 Responses)
  1. nemo

    You know, this is really annoying. Blaming "The Jews" for Christ's death is like blaming all of "The Whites" for slavery or all of "The Blacks" for crime or all "Catholic Priests" are pedophiles. Not everyone in a particular group is the same. When you blame an entire group, you're also casting stones at decent people.

    April 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  2. Rubiconski

    Explain to me how Eastern Europeans can be Semitic people? That would be really amusing.

    April 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  3. Rubiconski

    Ha ha beenie heads stole all your $$$$$$

    that you deposited in their fake banks!!!

    April 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Jay

      So you are Polish my friend?

      April 23, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  4. Susan

    This woman is by far advancing the teaching of Jesus Christ by preaching tolerance and love. All of you who call yourselves Christian but spew hatred and violence should be ashamed.

    April 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  5. Rubiconski

    The holohoax is the biggest lie of the century, but also one of the best ideas!

    April 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Susan

      I am horrified reading all the anti semitic responses to this beautiful old woman's message of love.
      Everyone who calls themselves Christian should be as "Christian" as this dear lady.

      April 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • nemo

      Hey, you know there's plenty of proof that it happened. You can actually talk to people who have lived through it. they're all over the place. Of course they're Jewish so you wouldn't believe them even if they satisfied your intellect.

      April 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  6. hey you

    Jews kille Jesus – never forget.

    April 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Myshlei

      People like you are why I don't go to church. Remember that.

      April 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • nemo

      Anti-semites killed 183,588 American soldiers in WWII. Do you murder American soldiers then?

      April 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • Standing Up

      And Jesus was a Jew. Who died for ALL of us, all our sins. And the Jews were God's chosen people, the way He brought Christ into this world. Don't forget THAT.

      April 23, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  7. DianeRoberto

    Not good. It happened so did to my forefathers as well. More and more people now starting to believe about hold of Zionist media in our country. They keep on hashing the same nonsense over and over. Enuff, already.

    April 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • jim

      2nd sentence??

      April 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  8. jim

    Leo

    "Jim, It would never happen! Check out Ezekiel 39!! It is Awsome!"

    Convincing argument. You're kidding of course?.............

    April 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Leo

      Jim, It is not and argument at all, but just one of many of Prophesies being fulfilled before our eyes!! Now you won't be able to see this because your eyes are closed!!

      Israel reborn in 1948, only to be hated by all nations in the end! God protects them as they out numbered 50 to 1! I am sure though to you that isn't that impressive.

      April 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Leo

      They are outnumbered 50 to 1

      April 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Chad

      Well said Leo!!

      In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush,[b] from Elam, from Babylonia,[c] from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.

      12 He will raise a banner for the nations
      and gather the exiles of Israel;
      he will assemble the scattered people of Judah
      from the four quarters of the earth.
      Isaiah 11

      April 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • jim

      Leo

      Hope you watched 60 minutes tonight – 1st 2 stories involved your people – and I might add not in a favorable light – very encouraging

      April 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • jim

      Leo

      Not impressed at all – Old Testament quotes???

      April 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Leo

      Jim, even though I am sure these would still not satisfy you, here are the Prophesies of the Day of the Lord, please not what happens to the Nations that come against Jerusalem!!

      8 In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD before them. 9 And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. 11 In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

      30"And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. 31"And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Matthew 24:30-31

      26"Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory. 27"And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven. Mark 13:26-27

      50Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. I Corinthians 15:50-52

      13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

      14Then the LORD will appear over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning; and the Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, and will march in the storm winds of the south. Zechariah 9:14

      15Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." Revelation 11:15

      April 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  9. schubee

    to all the posts here that are arguing about religion ... why don't you all go back and read #1 in the article?

    April 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  10. Hey

    Jesus is the way, the truth, the love. Period.
    Jews will not go to heaven unless they accept Christ.

    April 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And of course, you KNOW you'll go to heaven for being a judgmental, hateful, perverted, sick jerk, right?

      April 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Sima

      Tom Tom you're a bigot atheist go away from religious blogs your moron

      April 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Beth

      That's fine by me if it means we do not have to live the afterlife around people like you who spout off and judge and break your own religion's ideals in doing so.

      April 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Susan

      Christ was Jewish.. Peace

      April 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nah. It's a free country, Sima. I'll stay right here, just to irritate little dweebs like you.

      April 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  11. OMG

    Ahhhhhhhh how many times do we have to hear about the howlocowst everywhere?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    April 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      Because Jews owns the media and are powerful....

      April 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  12. Jew who converted to Christianity and PROUD!

    Sorry, but whatever happens to the Jews is their punishment from God for letting the Romans persecute and kill Jesus Christ, and continue to deny him still after 2,000 years (Except Messianic Jews – God Bless them).
    Jews today know it, but won't admit it due to shame and holding their community very strong.

    Our Prayer goes to Jews to acknowledge and accept our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Jewish and Christian Messiah.

    April 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Patti

      My Jewish friend, keep seeking the Lord and he will reveal that the Jews did not "let" the Romans kill Jesus..it was part of the Father's plan, so the human race could join in fellowship with Him. Shalom sister.

      April 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  13. just sayin

    One pair of hands working to solve a problem does more good than 10 million pairs of hands clasped in prayer.

    There is no valid evidence that any god has ever answered any prayer. Put on some courage for a change, get past your sky fairy myths, get off your fat butt, and help someone solve a problem. If there's even a god and she's a good god, she'll appreciate that more than you constantly whining to her to solve your problems for you, you wimp.

    April 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • just sayin

      Hands without a plan are useless, prayer provides the plan. God bless

      April 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nonsense. I can plan what my hands will accomplish; prayer does nothing.

      April 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  14. Sherree

    God Bless her

    April 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  15. chris

    read

    April 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
  16. Beth

    Very nice article. Very touching.

    April 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      Of course it is for you jew....

      † <-- Kiss

      April 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  17. gretchen

    May these lessons never have to be learned in the same way or conditions again. May no nation ever be led so astray again as was Germany at that time. I have part German ancestry and was even called a Nazi back in the 1960's at elementary school because of my last name. Can't recall who did that to me, but I still have the memory of it.
    I had a close German friend by high school who has become a world standing scientist and has several patents. I always admired his work ethic and technical ability and that of his father and brothers.
    It was also obvious that this family wanted to keep their ties to their homeland very low-key.
    I lived with my mother and grandmother, who had gone through the Depression, and we had several relatives in the US armed forces.
    I learned much music by German composers as I went through lessons and orchestra in high school years and a few college semesters. I was always aware that Germany had given the world much in the way of culture, as well as one of the world's very saddest chapters.

    May God bless us all the world over, and forgive our many sins against Him, and against our fellow man.

    April 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Wolfman

      This response made my day. As you said, may these lessons never have to be learned in the same way or conditions again.

      April 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things. .

    April 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Beth

      You post this all the time in various articles. It seems you are trying to convert atheists into theists. I do not think this is the best use of your time. I do not think this method will gain even one convert. I recommend you think of some other way to go about this if you want to have any actual results. I'm not trying to be rude but it only seems odd to everyone to post just this over and over and over.

      April 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Angela Birch

      eth is righ, it is just tiresome.

      April 22, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven
      Powerful

      April 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • just sayin

      Beth is wrong, show me a person who opposes prayer and I will show you a loser. God bless

      April 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Look at yourself in a mirror, justlyin, if you want to see a loser.

      April 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • just sayin

      Tom,Tom you are talking to a non existent post. Just lyin does not exist. God bless

      April 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Patti

      Beth, only God knows the heart of man. It seems clear to me by reading your post, that He is working in yours. Keep reading..over and over...

      April 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, justlyin, you can call yourself whatever you want, dearie. You're still justlyin. Always have been.

      April 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • just sayin

      So you reply to non existent posts often eh, Tom,Tom . Don't worry your secret is safe with me. God bless

      April 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So you're saying your posts don't exist then. Get some meds, dear.

      April 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!.!.*

      April 23, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  19. Leo

    Israel was reborn in 1948, and were attacked by the Arabs within hours of the UN Resolution. The Arabs have had one goal from the very beginning and that is destroy them.

    Lets look at the contributions from both these groups Arab and Jew.

    Lets look at Nobel Prize winners

    http://www.rollitup.org/politics/307020-nobel-prize-winners-jews-vs.html

    Note the Arab people have nearly 20% of the worlds population yet they have only managed 7 counting Obama and Yasser Arafat.

    The Jews are only .2% of the worlds population yet they have had 165 Nobel Prize winers!!

    April 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Leo

      Winners... ! Israel is now also a leader in Agriculture and Technology, and they have transformed a country that was considered worthless by many.

      The area of irrigated farmland has increased from 74,000 acres in 1948 to some 460,000 acres today.

      April 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Angela Birch

      Oama is hardly an Arab. His mother was an American with family ties to Jefferson and other American forefathers, her family have been here since before the Revolutionher ancestors were English, German, Swiss and welsh. His father was African, no Arabic. Obama's paternal ancestors were of the the Luo ethnic group. Nothing in his ancestry is Arab. But nice try. There have actually been a lot of Arabic leaders and scientists. The nobel prize is a new prize only 100 years old. But then I figure you probably are pretty ignotant

      April 22, 2012 at 1:57 am |
    • md2205

      Wikipedia lists 62 Arabic scientist for the last **1300** years.

      Wikipedia lists Jewish scientists in the last **100** years alone, but there were so many Jewish scientists that wiki couldn't list them straight out and had to organize them according to country. 12 countries, and some of the countries had more than 62 listed.

      Jews are but .2% of world population, and Arabs are about 20% of the world population.

      April 22, 2012 at 3:06 am |
    • Leo

      Angela, you are correct. That give the Arabs 6 then.

      April 22, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • David

      Congratulations, you are a bigot. The Arabs kept civilization alive during the dark ages and Israel was land stolen by the British.

      April 22, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Abe

      The Jews were persecuted by Europeans NOT by the Palestinians !! The holocaust was took place in Germany NOT in Palestine !! Why must the Palestinians pay for the sins of others !! Where the hell is JUSTICE !! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE !! EVER !!

      April 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Leo

      The only difference between the Nazi's and the Arabs is one thing SUCCESS! The Arabs tried to destroy them in 3 Wars but were unsuccesful!

      April 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Leo

      Be Honest!! What was the goal of the 1948, 1967, and 1973 wars against Israel? TOTAL DESTRUCTION!! What do you think the goal of Iran is? TOTAL DESTRUCTION.

      If the Jews were like the Arabs they could destroy them all, the difference is they are civilized. If the Arabs could destroy Israel they will try again.

      The Good thing is that this is exactly as the Scriptures promise what will happen and we are seeing it fulfilled before our eyes! The Second Coming of Jesus will be for Israel in the last days!

      April 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • jim

      Leo

      You're a fool – PERIOD!!!!

      April 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Truer words were never spoken. And keep in mind that Uncouth Swain thinks Leo is God.

      April 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Marvin

      Leo-True and accurate!

      April 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Leo

      Jim, Biring some facts to the table. Show me where I am wrong! You can't so that is all you can come up with??

      Here is the Arab that recieved the Nobel Peace prize!!

      - Yasser Arafat (1980)

      "Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations."

      April 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      False. Stop posting under another name to make yourself look sane, Leotard.

      April 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Yassir Arafat

      Leo- True and accurate

      April 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Bob

      Leo-True & accurate

      April 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Leo

      Tom, you are a very interesting human. Everyone that reads your posts and sees your schemes knows what you are about. I stated the facts very clearly, so why would I need to post an agreement under a different name?

      This is a desperate attempt to discredit someone rather than stand up and debate the facts.

      I feel your pain!!

      April 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Ooooh! I've been FOUND OUT!!! My SCHEME has been UNCOVERED! Leo knows the TRUTH about me and everything else in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE!!!!

      April 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • jim

      Hey Leo

      What if the U.S. kicked the Jews out of Israel, relegated them to refugee camps, replaced them with Palestinians and denied their existence would this be the holocaust part 2?

      April 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • jim

      Leo(aka moron)

      Are you saying the Nazi's were winners?

      April 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • jim

      As far as I'm concerned Israel is and always will be worthless

      April 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Leo

      Jim, It would never happen! Check out Ezekiel 39!! It is Awsome!

      Israel Restored

      25 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. 26 They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.

      27 When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations.

      28 Then they will know that I am the LORD their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. 29 I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD.

      April 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • jim

      That would be winners or whiners

      April 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • jim

      Hopefully these genius's will be able to make the planet inhabitable once the radioactive dust settles afterWW3 – started by you know who

      April 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • jim

      Israel or Jews in general? If Jews in general then we would probably refer to them as Americans – No?

      April 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  20. jim

    With all due respect – these lessons about life have voiced by many other people

    April 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Spygirl

      Jim, that is rather a snotty comment. What is the point of even saying it. This woman survived hell – I think it gives her a unique perspective.

      April 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
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