Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies

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Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest known survivor of the Nazi Holocaust has died at age 110.

Alice was born into a Jewish family in 1903 and later spent 2 years in Theresienstadt concentration camp.

Alice’s husband, Leopold Sommer, died in the Dachau concentration camp during the Nazi regime.

Despite facing some of the worst events in history, Alice remains optimistic in humankind and has a strong faith.

Alice and her young son, Stefan, were among fewer than 20,000 people who were freed in May 1945 when the camp was liberated.

It is estimated that 140,000 Jews were sent to the camp and 33,430 died there. 88,000 others were transferred to other camps and most did not survive.

Alice went onto be an accomplished pianist and music teacher, teaching at the Jerusalem Conservatory until she moved to London in 1986.

A film about Alice’s life was nominated for the best short documentary at the Academy Awards in March.

Article written by  D Mulhern

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