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Documentary on oldest Shoah survivor wins Oscar a week after her death

Alice Herz-Sommer, who just died, is the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary. (Polly Hancock)

A 38-minute film about Alice Herz-Sommer, who died on Feb. 23, won the Academy Award for best documentary short. (Polly Hancock)

(JTA) — A documentary about the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor won an Oscar one week after she died.

Alice Herz-Sommer, who died in London on Feb. 23 at the age of 110, was the subject of “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” which won the Academy Award for documentary short on Sunday night.

The Prague-born Herz-Sommer, a concert pianist, was a prisoner in Theresienstadt.

In accepting the Oscar, the film’s director, Malcolm Clarke, said he was struck by Herz-Sommer’s “extraordinary capacity for joy” and “amazing capacity for forgiveness.”

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