At 89 years old, a Holocaust survivor checked a major item off her bucket list when she performed the national anthem in front of thousands gathered at one of America’s favorite pastimes.
Hermina Hirsch beautifully sang “The Star Spangled Banner” before the Detroit Tigers took on the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park on Saturday.
At my age, I figure that this would do it, Hirsch told CBS Detriot. I don t want to die before I sing at a baseball game.
While singing in front of thousands might rattle some people, Hirsh insisted she wasn’t nervous.
If I lived through the concentration camp, it couldn t be that bad, Hirsch said.
When she was 17 years old, the Czechoslovakia native and her family was sent to various concentration camps. Her granddaughter, Andrea, told CBS Detroit that Hirsch and her sister managed to stay together as they were shuffled between five camps, including Auschwitz.
When she was liberated in January, Hirsch returned to her birthplace. She spent a year recovering in a sanatorium before being introduced to Bernard Hirsch, whom she married in 1947.
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The couple moved to New York and then joined two of her siblings in Detroit in 1953. Hirsch has been a Tigers fans ever since.
The inspiring woman has been singing the anthem for years during Holocaust survivor meetings in the Detroit area, but Saturday’s performance touched many.
This one brought me to tears, Eva Strzelewicz wrote on the Tigers Facebook page. You could see it in her eyes and hear it in her voice that she was so very happy, what a beautifully moving performance. Thank you to the Tigers organization for allowing us to witness Mrs. Hirsch having her dream fulfilled.