Holocaust Survivor's MLB Dream to Come True

Hermina Hirsch to sing national anthem at Detroit Tigers game
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2016 12:24 PM CDT
Holocaust Survivor's MLB Dream to Come True
The national anthem is sung before a game between the Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Hermina Hirsch has sung the national anthem at weekly meetings of Holocaust survivors for decades, but she always dreamed of having a larger audience. Now she'll get her chance. After telling her family her dream of singing at an MLB game, a granddaughter reached out to the Detroit Tigers, which agreed to let her sing at a game on May 21, reports Fox 2 and CBS Detroit. The event will have special significance for the 89-year-old native of Czechoslovakia, now living in a Detroit suburb, who remembers hearing "The Star-Spangled Banner" sung at games in the US after her escape from Auschwitz. "I have nothing to lose," Hirsch says of her big moment. "I'm an old woman." (Read more national anthem stories.)

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