“Trying to figure out how to survive. Knowing that any minute she would have to get up and perform and if she didn’t please her captors she and her son would be exterminated that day.” (Via Youtube / Everyone Matters)
“The fact that she was a pianist may have helped her survive at a German concentration camp. Along with other musicians, she performed concerts at that camp.” (Via NBC )
Israeli newspaper Ynet first reported her death, with her grandson telling the paper “She passed away peacefully, with her family by her side. … She was our inspiration and our world will be significantly duller without her in it.”
Herz-Sommer’s death came as a shock to those who worked with her. The producer of the documentary, Frederic Bohbot told CBC, “We all came to believe that she would just never die.”
Herz-Sommer’s life has been the subject of two books in addition to the documentary. No funeral arrangements have been announced yet.