Tribute to world's oldest Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz Sommer, who has died aged 110 years old

Alice Herz Sommer who has passed away aged 110 years old

Alice Herz Sommer who has passed away aged 110 years old

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A Southfields producer has paid tribute to the world's oldest Holocaust survivor who has died aged 110 years old.

Alice Herz Sommer, who lived in London and was originally from Prague, had been confined in the camp in Terezin, or Theresienstadt, in Germany during the Second World War.

Ms Herz Sommer was a talented musician and an adept pianist.

She is said to have counted esteemed existentialist writer Franz Kafka among her family friends and, more recently, was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary about her life.

The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life, a 38-minute film, is up for best short documentary at the Academy Awards to be handed out this weekend.

Chris Branch, of West Hill Road, is one of the three producers of the documentary.

Mr Branch, who rides at Wimbledon Village Stables, said: "I am sad she has passed away but she was 110 years old and she died with her family around her.

"It will make the Oscars a bit more poignant for the team, and it will be more of a celebration of her life."

Mr Branch paid tribute to 'an extraordinary person' that he was honoured to spend time with in the making of the film. "She will be an inspiration for generations to come," he added.

Ms Herz Sommer passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 23. Her grandson, Ariel Sommer, said: "Alice Sommer passed away peacefully 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'.

"She loved us, laughed with us, and cherished music with us."

The documentary is nominated in the best documentary short category alongside four other titles.

The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, March 2.

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