Alice Herz-Sommer

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Alice Herz-Sommer
2010- Alice Herz-Sommer and Luiza Borac in London (cropped) - Alice Herz-Sommer.jpg
Born26 November 1903
Died23 February 2014(2014-02-23) (aged 110)
Cause of deathNatural causes
Leopold Sommer (m. 1931–1944)
(his death)
ChildrenRaphael Sommer (dead)

Alice Herz-Sommer, also known as Alice Sommer (26 November 1903 – 23 February 2014), was a Czech-British music teacher and supercentenarian from Bohemia. She was a survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp and was the world's oldest known Holocaust survivor until Yisrael Kristal was recognized as such.[1]

Herz was born in Prague, Austria-Hungary on 26 November 1903, along with her twin sister Mariana. She married the businessman and amateur musician Leopold Sommer in 1931. They had one son, Raphael Sommer. Leopold Sommer was later sent to Auschwitz. Although he survived the camp, he died at Dachau in 1944.

She lived in Israel and worked as a music teacher in Jerusalem. She then moved to Belsiza Park in London in 1986. Raphael Sommer, her only child, was a cellist and conductor. He died in 2001.

Herz-Sommer died on the morning of 23 February 2014 in London, England, from natural causes, aged 110.[2]

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  1. Tom Gross, "The Lady In Number 6", 12 November 2010; accessed 13 November 2014.
  2. "Oldest Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, dies at 110". BBC 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.

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