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Talk on Alice Herz-Sommer presented April 16

BOONE—Elizabeth Jordan Spragins will present the talk “An Elegant Survival: Alice Herz-Sommer” Wednesday, April 16, at Appalachian State University.

Her talk begins at 7 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons.

Spragins will explore the life and legacy of Herz-Sommer, who was a holocaust survivor. Herz-Sommer was born in Prague in 1903. She was a renowned concert pianist and music educator. She celebrated her 104th birthday in November 2007.

During World War II, Herz-Sommer was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. While imprisoned there, Herz-Sommer orchestrated many musical and theatrical concerts to help her fellow inmates maintain what little hope they had.

Spragins began studying and teaching at Appalachian in 1984 and earned a master of music degree in 1987.

In 2001, she moved with her husband to Asheville, where she has continued to give presentations on her research on Herz-Sommer. Spragins also serves on the Asheville Lyric Opera Board of Directors and the Keowee Chamber Music board.

For more information, contact the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies at

(828) 262-2311 or visit