A film showcasing the remarkable story of a Holocaust survivor centenarian has been nominated for an Academy Award.
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” tells the tale of Alice Herz-Sommer, a 110-year-old survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp.
Herz-Sommer was 39 years old when she was sent to Theresienstadt, also known as Terezin. The camp was unique in that its prisoners were mainly artisans and the cultural elite: musicians, actors, artists, even athletes, anyone the Nazis thought could bring positive attention to their crusade.
Herz-Sommer was able to survive through her immense musical talent—she gave over 100 piano recitals at the camp.
“Number 6” is a 38-minute film up for the Oscar in the short documentary category. In the movie, Herz-Sommer shares her incredible journey from rising star to prisoner, and talks about how her deep love of music helped her struggle through the worst of World War II.
Last November, it was announced that “Number 6” was on the shortlist of consideration for an Oscar nomination. The film is up against “CaveDigger,” “Facing Fear,” “Karama Has No Walls,” and “Prison Terminal” at the Academy Awards, which air March 2.