Sadly, 110-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, subject of the Oscar nominated short documentary “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” died on the morning of February 23, just a week before the film about her extraordinary life heads to the Academy Awards. Herz-Sommer was the oldest living Holocaust survivor.
Herz-Sommer reportedly fell ill on February 20, and succumbed to the illness on Sunday. All Oscar-nominated short films become available for streaming February 25, so for those of us who haven’t yet checked out “The Lady in Number 6,” which TOH! has pegged as the frontrunner in its category, we can get more of a glimpse into Herz-Sommer’s history then. Watch the film’s trailer below.
The film’s director Malcolm Clark told HitFix:
“Even as her energy slowly diminished, her bright spirit
never faltered. Her life force was so strong we could never imagine her not
being around. We are so proud to [have] been so fortunate to capture Alice’s
lessons for all the generations to come. We can all learn so much from this
most amazing woman.”