Alice Herz-Sommer, who at the age of 110 was probably the oldest survivor of the Holocaust, has died.
She is the subject of a short documentary ‘The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life’, which has been nominated for an Oscar.
A Jewish pianist and music teacher from Prague, Alice was sent to a Nazi concentration camp in 1943. Her husband and mother were killed in Auschwitz but Alice, along with a handful of other highly trained musicians, was saved because she was able to perform recitals.
“I knew that we will play,” she said. “And I was thinking: when we can play, it can’t be so terrible. The music, the beauty. Music is in the first place of art, it brings us on an island, with peace, beauty and love.”
The artist, who famously said she bore no grudges and saw her life as a wonderful gift, died in London surrounded by family and friends.