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Alice Herz-Sommer, oldest-known Holocaust survivor, dies at 110

Mrs. Herz-Sommer performed in concerts that bolstered spirits at a concentration camp.
Mrs. Herz-Sommer performed in concerts that bolstered spirits at a concentration camp. Associated Press/file 2010

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Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday, a family member said. The accomplished pianist’s death came just a week before her extraordinary story of surviving two years in a Nazi prison camp through devotion to music and her son is up for an Oscar.

Mrs. Herz-Sommer died in a hospital after being admitted Friday with health problems, daughter-in-law Genevieve Sommer said.

‘‘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.’’

Mrs. Herz-Sommer and her son, Stephan, were among fewer than 20,000 who were freed when the notorious concentration camp in the Czech city of Terezin — Theresienstadt in German — was liberated by the Soviet army in May 1945.

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