Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110

Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110

Alice Herz-Sommer, who was believed to be the oldest-known survivor of the Holocaust, died in London on today at the age of 110, a family member said.

A film about her has been nominated for best short documentary at next month's Academy Awards.

Herz-Sommer's devotion to the piano and to her son sustained her through two years in a Nazi prison camp. She died in a hospital Sunday morning after being admitted Friday, daughter-in-law Genevieve Sommer said.

An accomplished pianist, Herz-Sommer, her husband and her son were sent from Prague in 1943 to a concentration camp in the Czech city of Terezin” Theresienstadt in German” where inmates were allowed to stage concerts in which she frequently starred.

An estimated 140,000 Jews were sent to Terezin and 33,430 died there. About 88,000 were moved on to Auschwitz and other death camps, where most of them were killed.

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