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Oscar-Nominated Film Documents Life Of World's Oldest Holocaust Survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, Who Has Died In London

posted 24 Feb 2014, 05:18 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 24 Feb 2014, 05:19 ]

Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest survivor of the Holocaust, has died in London. A documentary film, "The Lady in Number 6", documents Herz-Sommer's life and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary at the forthcoming Oscars.

 (REED ENTERTAINMENT) - A 110-year-old woman believed to be the oldest survivor of the Holocaust and who endured the ordeal partly through her passion for music, has died in London, her family said on Sunday (February 23).

A documentary film, "The Lady in Number 6", documents Alice Herz-Sommer's life and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary at the forthcoming Oscars.

Herz-Sommer, who is said to have counted writer Franz Kafka among her family friends and is the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, was a Jewish pianist and musician from Prague in what is today the Czech Republic.

In 1943, the Nazis sent her and her young son to Theresienstadt concentration camp, where tens of thousands of people lost their lives.

Her husband Leopold and her mother Sofie were both killed in Auschwitz, but she and her son survived World War Two.

Herz-Sommer was born in Prague in 1903. She and her son Raphael were freed from Nazi captivity in 1945 when the Soviet Red Army liberated their camp, and emigrated to Israel before settling in Britain.

Raphael, an accomplished cellist and conductor, died in 2001.

Herz-Sommer, who along with other musicians gave concerts in the concentration camp to keep up her spirits and those of people around her, said before she died that Beethoven was her religion and that music had saved her life and still saved her.

She famously said she bore no grudges and saw her life as a wonderful gift.


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