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The world's oldest known Holocaust survivor dies

World's Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies at Age 110

Alice Herz-Sommer, an accomplished pianist and a Holocaust survivor, died at the age of 110 Sunday morning in London.

Herz-Sommer was believed to be the oldest living Holocaust survivor. She is the focus of the documentary "The Lady in Number 6," which is nominated for an Academy Award. (Via YouTube / allegrofilms)

The documentary highlights Herz-Sommer's experiences in the Terezin concentration camp, and the skill that kept her and her son alive.

"Trying to figure out how to survive. Knowing that any minute she would have to get up and perform and if she didn't please her captors she and her son would be exterminated that day." (Via Youtube / Everyone Matters)

"The fact that she was a pianist may have helped her survive at a German concentration camp. Along with other musicians, she performed concerts at that camp." (Via NBC )

Israeli newspaper Ynet first reported her death, with her grandson telling the paper "She passed away peacefully, with her family by her side. ... She was our inspiration and our world will be significantly duller without her in it."

Herz-Sommer's death came as a shock to those who worked with her. The producer of the documentary, Frederic Bohbot told CBC, "We all came to believe that she would just never die."

Herz-Sommer's life has been the subject of two books in addition to the documentary. No funeral arrangements have been announced yet.

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cwberndt February 24 2014 at 12:31 PM

God bless you Alice Herz-Sommer . . . RIP.

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nicholas February 24 2014 at 11:36 AM

How fitting that she outlived all of her tormentors. Shalom

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Ken nicholas February 24 2014 at 11:40 AM

Most of them, anyway. I was just reading yesterday that the German authorities are preparing to prosecute multiple nonagenerians (90+ years old) as accessories to murder for being guards at camps. I do not recall any specific mention of whether guards from Terezin were included.

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Maurice February 24 2014 at 11:24 AM

Being a violinist and having relatives in Europe that became victims of the Nazi Holocaust, I had the privilige of playing a commorative concert dedicated to the victims of the Terezin Concentration Camp. Reading this story has given me a greater understanding of how the Nazi's used this camp as a propaganda feature to show how "well" prisoners were treated. Many of the stringed instruments have been recovered and restored. A lot of music has been composed by the prisoners all having the theme of this horrible period in human history.

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dwtomczyk February 24 2014 at 11:20 AM

Being 2nd generation Polish (grandprents came to this country) I can only immanage what it would like to be related to Alice. My heatrfelt sympathy to her family.

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sajwife February 24 2014 at 2:03 PM

What a beautiful, inspiring spirit we've lost. I'll shed tears for what was, but my heart if full for her life well lived.

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lisabellem February 24 2014 at 2:06 PM

There is a wonderful lady working at the Holocaust museum in Washington DC who has the tattoos. She was a child during the internment.

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Kate February 24 2014 at 11:07 AM

I'd like to see that documentary, but I am sorry that the news of her death had to be my way of finding out about her. She must have been an extraordinary pianist if it kept her and her boy alive in a concentration camp.

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mclkarim February 24 2014 at 11:03 AM

Bless her heart.

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JEZ February 24 2014 at 10:56 AM

Rest in peace dear heart.

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homeexperts February 24 2014 at 10:53 AM

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