Herz-Sommer, Alice

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Herz-Sommer, Alice Gender: F
born on 26 November 1903 at 19:02:24 (= 7:02 PM )
Place Prague, Czech Republic, 50n05, 14e26
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 03°19' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 28°05 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 17°26'


Jewish pianist, music teacher, and supercentenarian from Bohemia, and a survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp. One of a few surviving supercentenarians known for other than their longevity, and at the age of 110 is the world's oldest known Holocaust survivor.

She married the businessman and amateur musician Leopold Sommer in 1931. After the invasion of Czechoslovakia, most of her family and friends emigrated to Palestine, but Herz-Sommer stayed in Prague to care for her ill mother, who was one of the first to be sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp.

In July 1943, she, her husband, and their six-year-old son Raphael were sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp. She played more than 100 concerts in the camp along with other musicians. Leopold Sommer was later sent to Auschwitz. Although he survived the camp, he died at Dachau in 1944. After the Soviet liberation of Theresienstadt in 1945, Herz-Sommer and Raphael returned to Prague and in March 1949 emigrated to Israel to be reunited with her family. She lived in Israel and worked as a music teacher in Jerusalem until emigrating to London in 1986. Raphael Sommer, her only child, was an accomplished cellist and conductor. He died in 2001.

She died in London on 23 February 2014, aged 110.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Starkman quotes Melissa Muller and Reinhard Piechocki's biography "A Garden of Eden in Hell" : "finally the news of a successful birth was announced in the early evening". Starkman rectified it to 19.02.24 CET


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (pianist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher
  • Notable : Famous : Other Famous (supercentenarian)