Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, died yesterday at the age of 110. She was born in Prague and sent to Theresienstadt in July of 1943 (when Alice was 40 years old); there, her son Raphael was one of very few children to survive the camp. Alice had learned to play the piano from her older sister Irma in Prague, and later used these skills at Theresienstadt when the Nazis held concerts; they wanted to show the Red Cross that Jewish living situations at the camp were good. Alice gives credit to her survival of the Holocaust as well as continued longevity to her music.
Tehe nishmatah tzerurah bitzror ha-hayim.
Listening to: Somedays - Regina Spektor