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Alice Herz-Sommer dies at 110; thought to be oldest Holocaust survivor
Alice Herz-Sommer dies at 110; thought to be oldest Holocaust survivor

When Alice Herz-Sommer played the piano at Theresienstadt her audience was enthralled. As she approached the end of Chopin's difficult Revolutionary Etude, the piece's mounting musical turbulence exploded. "Alice's hands slid furiously over the keys, zig-zagging up and down from the heights to the lowest registers, with the final four chords ringing out, like so many shrieks of despair," biographers Melissa Muller and Reinhard Piechocki wrote in 2006. The next day, she was given an extra ladle of watery soup — a privilege at a Nazi concentration camp, but one that made the pianist distinctly uncomfortable. Herz-Sommer, who was widely thought to be the...

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