The Lady in Number 6

Kids all over the world grow up on superheroes. What we, their parents, must remind them is documentaries tell stories about ‘real superheroes.’ Superheroes are based on great people, real people, like Alice Herz-Sommer.”  Nicholas Reed, producer of the documentary film, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.

 Got 38 minutes today?

 If your family is anything like mine then you’re all crazy busy and it can be a challenge just to find the time to all be together in one place.

 But see if you can find just 38 minutes today to watch the documentary The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

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Rent the movie for $4.99 or buy it for $9.99 here.

This film, which won the Academy Award for best documentary short, tells the story of Alice Herz-Sommer who, at 109, was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor and pianist until her death earlier this year.

Despite the murders of her mother, husband and many friends by the Nazis, and the years Alice and her son were imprisoned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, Alice said, “I never hate. I will never hate. Hatred brings only hatred.”

This is a Holocaust documentary like no other. Alice was a woman like no other.  I watched the film with my kids and Alice inspired all of us. She found beauty in everything and was grateful every single day. She challenges us to be generous, thankful, loving and kind; to laugh a lot; to work hard; to never hold bitterness in our hearts; and to live a life filled with music. Her optimism is contagious. (You might want to see the film first before watching it with kids under 13. Some might find it a little scary in parts and some might be too young to grasp the overall message.)

 There are so many great Alice lines to quote from the film–here are a couple of my favorites…

“Every day is a miracle. No matter how bad my circumstances, I have the freedom to choose my attitude to life, even to find joy. Evil is not new. It is up to us how we deal with both good and bad. No one can take this power away from us.”

“We do not need things. Friends are precious.”

“We need to treasure time. Every moment that passes is gone forever.”

“Every day in life is beautiful…every day!”

“Gratitude is essential for happiness.”

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To learn more about Alice’s life and her early years surrounded by such intellectuals as Franz Kafka and Gustav Mahler, life in Theresienstadt, her friendship with Golda Meir, her life with music and her later years read “Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer; the World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivor”

See the film. Meet Alice. Discover why she really is a true-life superhero.

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1 Comment on The Lady in Number 6

  1. Lillie
    April 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm (4 years ago)

    “Everyday is beautiful” – I do think that now – but I wouldn’t be so sure I could hold on to that if I went through what she went through. She was truly a special lady and an inspiration.

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