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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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CHANCE ELIJAH February 25 2014 at 1:57 AM

why is that important,thats europes history,not ours. what about the last survivor of americas holocaust? who was she or he?

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laura February 25 2014 at 12:47 AM

You will always be special!

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Steve February 25 2014 at 12:38 AM

May she rest in peace. She witnessed more than any human should ever have to, and lived to tell the story. If only humanity would learn it so it would never have to be repeated.

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straight2spam February 25 2014 at 12:23 AM

May she find peace w/ the lord Jesus Christ.

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THOMAS February 25 2014 at 12:14 AM

god bless her and her family.. we must all remember what those survivors went thru for many years of their lives. most of all what all the poor souls endured just according to thier race or belief or religion

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marti February 25 2014 at 12:08 AM

Alice Herz-Sommer is NOT the oldest survivor. Hate will always be and will always survive.

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marti February 24 2014 at 11:46 PM

I just watched Schindler's List again this weekend. I also took Holocaust Studies in college. Schindler saved over 1.100 Schindler Jews were saved. There are now over 6,000 Schindler Jews and less than 4,000 Jews were alive in all of Poland at war's end. Schindler was a con artist, a liar, and a wonderful man; he cried as he left the factory at the end of the war because he didn't do enough. Bless her, I also wonder after the generation of Schindler's 6,000, how many Jews are alive today. How anyone can make a negative comment astounds me.

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jim2yvonne February 24 2014 at 11:41 PM

May she rest in peace,and although didnt know the lady a nother piece of history has been lost to mankind,and as a living memorial she surely was a crux for those that do not beleive that the holocaust never happened.
May she finally find eternal peace

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marti February 24 2014 at 11:27 PM

Anything that went well for her after what she had gone through is just proof that the Almighty does exist. Bless her and bless her family.

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socsecman February 24 2014 at 7:09 PM

Bravo to this lady and may she rest in piece,

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