A documentary on the oldest living Holocaust survivor won an Academy Award last evening, exactly one week after the death of the film’s subject.
Filmmakers Nicholas Reed and Malcolm Clarke won Oscars in the short documentary category, for their work “The Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life.” The film chronicled the story of Alice Herz-Sommer, who at 110 was noted as the oldest Shoah survivor in the world.
Herz-Sommer was a prisoner in the Terezin camp during the war, and credits her classical piano training as reason why she survived. While at the camp, she gave more than 100 recitals.
In accepting the award, Clark said: “When I met Alice Sommer, I was struck by two things. Her extraordinary capacity for joy and her amazing capacity for forgiveness. For those of you who don’t know it, the amazing Alice Sommer died one week ago today. She was 110…this really is for Alice.”