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Alice Herz-Sommerová passed away

The Czech Embassy is deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Mrs Alice Herz-Sommer, a renowned concert pianist and the oldest known survivor of the Holocaust, on Sunday 23 February, at the age of 110.

Alice grew up in Prague in an artistic family where Franz Kafka and Max Brod were regular guests. She started playing piano when she was five. In the 1920s she travelled throughout Europe as a concert pianist. However, the rise of Nazism meant the end of her career. In July 1943, she, her husband, and their six-year-old son Raphael were transported to Theresienstadt. She played more than 100 concerts in the camp. After the liberation in 1945, Alice and Raphael returned to Prague and, in March 1949, emigrated to Israel where she worked as a music teacher in Jerusalem until moving to London in 1986.

We are honoured to share with you one of Alice’s last piano concertos in the video made by Michaela Horinkova in November 2013. You can find it on our facebook page.