The Holocaust

Alice Herz-Sommer film wins Oscar

By Rosa Doherty, February 28, 2014

A film about the life of Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer was honoured at the Oscars last night,picking up the award for best short documentary.

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, directed by Malcolm Clarke, tells the story of how Mrs Herz-Sommer survived a Nazi concentration to become a professional musician, and celebrated her ability to overcome the trauma of her youth.

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Poland urged to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

Dozens of British parliamentarians have written to Poland’s Prime Minister urging his country to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims whose property was seized during the war.

They said Britain should increase its work to aid survivors now living in this country who are seeking the return of their belongings, or compensation.

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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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