Neither time nor circumstances can keep you from achieving your dreams — that’s what Hermina Hirsch showed us this weekend.
According to Glamour, 89-year-old Hirsch — a Holocaust survivor — had her longtime dream come true when she sang the national anthem at the Detroit Tigers game on Saturday, May 21.
But her journey to Detroit was far from easy. Glamour says that Hirsch was born in Czechoslovakia in 1927, joining nine other children in her family. By 1944, Hirsch and her older sister were separated from their family, according to her granddaughter Andrea Hirsch, because they “moved among five different concentration camps, including Auschwitz, before being freed in January 1945.”
Once freed, Hirsch travelled back to Czechoslovakia by walking and taking rides from strangers, says Glamour, and by 1947, she married Bernard Hirsch. They moved to Detroit in 1953.
In April 2016, Glamour reports that Hirsch publicly shared her bucket list, on which she included her desire to sing the national anthem at a baseball game. Wanting to support her favorite baseball team and share her singing talents beyond her performances at her synagogue and local Jewish community center, Hirsch told local TV station WWJ-TV, “At my age, I figure that this would do it … I don’t want to die before I sing at a baseball game.”
Her bucket list garnered much public support, with the Tigers soon taking notice and inviting her to perform, says Glamour. While some would be nervous to perform at a Major League Baseball game in front of thousands of fans, Hirsch didn’t even flinch.
In fact, she told WWJ-TV that she knew she was up for the challenge. “If I lived through the concentration camp, it couldn’t be that bad.”