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Oldest Holocaust survivor turns 108

(JTA) — Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest known survivor of the Holocaust, celebrated her 108th birthday.

Herz-Sommer, a native of Prague, marked her birthday in London on Nov. 25.

She was a professional pianist in her mid-teens. Herz-Sommer, her husband and young son were sent to the Nazi show camp at Terezin in 1943, where she played more than 150 concerts as Jews were sent to their deaths and for visitors from the Red Cross.

Herz-Sommer’s husband, also a musician, did not survive the war, but their son, Raphael, who also took part in performances at Terezin, did. 

Herz-Sommer swam daily until the age of 97, and continues to play her piano every day, according to reports. She also enjoys playing Scrabble.
 

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