By B.L. Ochman
Inspiring and humble Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor has died in London at age 110 – just a week short of attending the Academy Awards where a film about her life, “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” is nominated for as best short documentary.
Remarkably, she said, even after surviving the camps, where she was imprisoned with her young son, “I never hate, and I will never hate,” she says. “Hatred brings only hatred.”
The wonderfully upbeat and optimistic Alice began each day practicing Bach and Beethoven for three hours, so, she said, she won’t forget the music. “I am alone but not lonely because my life is rich with music. Music saved my life,” she says in the film.
“We all came to believe that she would just never die,” said Frederic Bohbot, producer of the documentary “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.” ”There was no question in my mind, ‘would she ever see the Oscars.’”
RIP beautiful soul Alice Herz-Sommer, Nov. 26, 1903 – Feb. 23, 2014