Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, proves an inspiration in a new documentary.
At 109-years-old, Alice Herz-Sommer is the second oldest person living in London and the world’s oldest survivor of the Holocaust. Three years ago she was the subject of a film by Christopher Nupen and now she’s been captured in another documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Malcolm Clarke.
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. Before the war she was a renowned recitalist but now Alice lives alone in her tiny flat in central London where she still spends hours each day at her piano, practicing her beloved Bach and Beethoven.
Incredibly Alice has found a way through her music to look beyond the horrors of those days and to cherish instead what is joyful, pure and noble about her fellow man. “I have lived through many wars and have lost everything many times – including my husband, my mother and my beloved son,” she says, “yet, life is beautiful, and I have so much to learn and enjoy. I have no...