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Oldest known Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, dies at the age of 110

By Alicia Mayle,

Alice Herz-Sommer, the of the world’s oldest-known Holocaust survivor died at the age of 110 on Sunday, February 23.

Herz-Sommer was held in the Terezin Nazi camp in Germany during World War II, with her husband and her son, Stephan. Herz-Sommer and her son were some of the few who were let go when the camp was liberated in 1946.

According to Daily Mail, her grandson, Ariel Sommer, said that, “'Alice Sommer passed away peacefully this morning with her family by her bedside. Much has been written about her, but to those of us who knew her best, she was our dear 'Gigi'” he continued on to say that, “She loved us, laughed with us, and cherished music with us.”

Herz-Sommer was an esteemed pianist, and was the oldest-known piano player alive. A film called “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” will be coming out about her life, which is up for an Academy Award for best short film.

According to the Associated Press, Herz-Sommer talked about the day before she was being sent to a concentration camp, and the conversation she had with a Nazi. He told her that he would miss her playing.

No funeral arrangements have been made as of yet.

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