Oscar nomination for 'oldest Holocaust survivor' film

Wimbledon Guardian: Alice Herz Sommer with her son Raphael Sommer Alice Herz Sommer with her son Raphael Sommer

A glittering night at the Oscars awaits a producer who wants the story of an 'inspiring' 110-year-old Holocaust survivor to be seen by the world.

Chris Branch is one of the three producers of the Oscar nominated The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, that tells the story Alice Herz Sommer, who is said to be the world's oldest Holocaust survivor and pianist.

Mr Branch, of West Hill Road, Southfields, said that it is 'fantastically exciting' to be part of a team that worked on the Oscar nominated film.

Mr Branch, a regular rider at the Wimbledon Village Stables, said: "I have been living this for three years.

"Of course it is fantastically exciting and there will be a trip to the Oscars but I am more excited that we can get the story out to a larger population."

In the Second World War, Ms Herz Sommer and her then six-year-old son Raphael Sommer were carted off to the Theresienstadt concentration camp, in what is now the Czech Republic.

She is said to have played more than 100 concerts in Theresienstadt, a former barracks transformed into a ghetto for Jews.

The team spent three years making this film, and found out on Thursday, January 16 that it had been given an Oscar nod.

Mr Branch said: "Alice is an extraordinary woman.

"She has seen the worst that life can throw and the most evil that someone can see and she sees the positive in things."

Ms Herz Sommer, who lives independently in north London, is no stranger to the media, and has been featured in the national press, as well as on television and in a book by Caroline Stoessinger, A Century of Wisdom: Lessons From the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor.

Proceeds from the film will be given to the Raphael Sommer Music Scholarship fund, named after Alice's son who passed away in 2001.

The film is nominated in the Best documentary short category alongside four other titles. The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, March 2

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