A week after her passing at 110, a documentary on the Holocaust survivor wins Hollywood’s top award.
Film-maker Malcolm Clarke has won an Oscar for his documentary on Alice Herz-Sommer entitled The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life.
The film follows pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, at the time the oldest known survivor of the Holocaust. Paying tribute to Herz-Sommer, who died last week at the age of 110, Clarke dedicated his Oscar to the remarkable lady in recognition of “her extraordinary capacity for joy and amazing capacity for forgiveness.” Paying tribute to one of history’s great survivors he said “she taught everyone on my crew to be a little bit more optimistic.”
At the time of the documentary Herz-Sommer was 109-years-old and was the second oldest person living in London and the world’s oldest survivor of the Nazi Holocaust. Three years previously she had been the subject of a film by Christopher Nupen.
During the Second World War she saw her mother and her husband put on the transports to Auschwitz while she, along with her six-year-old son, Raphael, was imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Living alone in her tiny flat in central London she was shown at her...