Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, dies at 110
Herz-Sommer, who was born in 1903 to a German Jewish family in Prague, was also an accomplished pianist. While held in Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp with her son and husband, she continued performing music, and, as a musician, she was a part of the distinctive cultural community that developed over the course of the war in the Theresienstadt ghetto-concentration camp settlement. When Theresienstadt was liberated in May 1945 by Soviet troops, Herz-Sommer was one of the less than 20,000 people remaining in the camp out of the 140,000 who had lived in or passed through the ghetto - Theresienstadt served largely as an intermediate holding camp for prisoners who would be transported to other camps, including Dachau and Auschwitz.
Herz-Sommer is the subject of The Lady in Number 6, currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).