RIP: Alice Herz-Sommer dies at 110

As much as I like to write about happy-go-lucky meaningless goat videos on this blog, respects have to be paid where respect is due. And as sad as it might be that Harold Ramis (RIP!) will never write or direct another Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters or Christmas episode for The Office (US), Alice Herz-Sommer’s philosophy on life and music and the way she explains it is a lot more inspiring and alas respectworthy in the greater scheme of things. Have a look at the trailer for the 2013 documentary about her life and peep one of the most impressive CVs ever below:

My world is music. I’m not interested into anything else (…) I am full of joy, I am the only one who laughs here. Nobody laughs in this house.

Born: 110 years ago.
Started playing the piano when she was 3.
So she literally played the piano for 107 years.
Chilled with Felix Weltsch, Max Brod and Franz Kafka in Prague before WWII
Survived the holocaust inside of one of the worst concentration camps: Theresienstadt.
Alice Herz-Sommer passed away on Feb. 23, 2014, at the age of 110. RIP.

Listen to an in-depth feature about her on NPR here.

Thanks to the documentary “The Lady In Number 6″ (that will hopefully win the Short Documentary award at the Academy Awards on sunday) her legacy will live on for generations to come. Generations that would be well-advised to take a leaf out of Alice’s book in terms of optimism and appreciation of music.