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
OccupationPianist
Known forWorld's oldest Holocaust-survivor
Spouse(s)
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 believed to be the oldest living Holocaust survivor. However, Polish-born Israeli man Yisrael Kristal was in fact two months older.[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. "The Lady In Number 6" takes refuge in music by Montreal Times.com
  2. "Oldest Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, dies at 110". BBC News.com. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.

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