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Piano masterclass

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Czech concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer (1903-2014) experienced a wealth of suffering. Incarcerated in Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Second World War, she survived the Holocaust with her young son, although her husband died at Dachau in 1944. Despite these experiences, along with her battles with cancer and the tragic loss of her son to illness in 2001, Herz-Sommer remained passionate about music and life. At 104, she published a bestselling book 'A Garden of Eden in Hell' recalling the events of the concentration camps.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: 1903, Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary, Moravia, Seventh Symphony, Gustav Mahler, Alexander Zemlinsky, Irma Hertz, Vaclav Stepan

Duration: 4 minutes, 58 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2008

Date story went live: 22 October 2008