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Oldest Known Holocaust Survivor Dies

Alice Herz-Sommer is the subject of a movie nominated for an Academy Award this year.

Twitter photo of Alice Herz-Sommer.
Twitter photo of Alice Herz-Sommer.

The oldest-known survivor of the Holocaust, who is the subject of a documentary nominated for an Academy Award next week, died today in London.

Alice Herz-Sommer died at the age of 110 at a London hospital today, her daughter in law Genevieve Sommer announced there. She was hospitalized Friday.

Herz-Sommer survived the Theresienstadt concentration camp in what is now Terezin, Czech Republic, by playing in piano concerts. About 33,000 Jews were killed there.

She lost her husband there, but she and her son were among the 20,000 survivors who were liberated by Soviet troops in 1945, according to publicity
about the film.

That movie, The Lady in Number 6, is nominated for best short documentary in this year's Academy Awards.

--City News Service
George Vreeland Hill February 23, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Her life and story will be an inspiration for generations to come. We owe it to her and the countless others who went through hell that there will never be another horrible time like that.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 23, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Have you seen the documentary? I really want to see it.

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