The Holocaust

Alice Sommer-Herz: She was full of a special kind of laughter and joy

By Rodney Greenberg, February 27, 2014

Alice Sommer-herz was blessed with a captivating smile.

Even when recalling Terezin — the Czech concentration camp which the Nazis disguised as a haven for Jewish intellectuals so effectively that the Red Cross were fooled during their choreographed, one-day visit — she never fell into solemn soul-searching.

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Alice Sommer-Herz: death of oldest survivor

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

To some she was the “supercentenarian”, to others the “most optimistic person ever”. But to her grandchildren, Alice Sommer-Herz was simply “Giggi”.

Tributes have been paid to the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor following her death this week at the age of 110.

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Alice Sommer-Herz: The Lady in Number 6

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2014
Alice Sommer-Herz, the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, has died at the age of 110.

The Lady In Number 6, a documentary about her life, is nominated for an Oscar at next week's Academy Awards.

In these excerpts from the film Alice talks about her love of music, family, friends and remarkable life.

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Obituary: Alice Sommer-Herz

By Gloria Tessler, February 24, 2014

BORN PRAGUE, NOVEMBER 26, 1903.
DIED LONDON, FEBRUARY 23, 2014, AGED 110

She has been called the supercentenarian, the oldest known Holocaust survivor, but it was music that helped sustain Alice Sommer-Herz throughout the Nazi years and beyond.

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Alice Sommer-Herz, world's oldest Holocaust survivor, dies at 110

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2014

Alice Sommer-Herz, the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, has died at the age of 110.

Born in Prague in 1903, she survived the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin to become a world-renowned concert pianist in Israel.

Ms Sommer-Herz moved to London in 1986 and spoke of how the tragedy of her younger years had "enriched" her life.

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Middlesex cricketers plan pre-season tour to Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

A group of professional cricketers will take part in a pre-season tour with a difference — by visiting Auschwitz.

Middlesex Country Cricket Club are to travel to Poland in a fortnight to see the former Nazi concentration camp ahead of the new County Championship.

Among the players expected to take part are England stars Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn.

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David Cameron seeks young Shoah educator for commission

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky has described how discovering her family’s Holocaust story inspired her to educate future generations about the Shoah.

Launching the latest step in David Cameron’s national Holocaust Commission in Westminster on Monday, Ms Kaplinsky encouraged young people to apply to win the opportunity to become a commissioner alongside politicians, celebrities and experts.

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Pensioner faces £373,000 bill over property row

By Simon Rocker, February 13, 2014

A British pensioner says she is a facing a huge legal bill as a result of an action brought against her in Germany by the Claims Conference, the international Holocaust restitution body.

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George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.

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Foxman: scourge of haters and a tough act to follow

By Marc Goldberg, February 13, 2014

Abraham Foxman, the director of the Anti Defamation League (ADL), has announced that he will step down in 2015.

Over the past 50 years, the name Abe Foxman has become a byword for the fight against antisemitism and prejudice. During his career he has dealt with presidents, prime ministers and politicians, many of whom sought his advice on issues affecting their Jewish communities.

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