EXCLUSIVE: The Documentary Short subject Oscar nominee Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life about the late Alice Herz Sommer, who died Sunday in a London hospital at the age of 110, has just been acquired by Netflix. Herz Sommer, a concert pianist, was the oldest living Holocaust survivor and had stayed alive in a Nazi concentration camp by giving piano recitals. Her mother and husband perished in Nazi camps. The documentary shares her very positive philosophy of life about how she maintained her happiness despite enduring pure evil.
Those wishing to see the picture can on do so on April 1 in the U.S. and Canada exclusively on Netflix. The documentary was directed by Malcom Clarke who was nominated twice before for an Oscar in the category and won in 1998 for the short You Don’t Have To Die. Lady in Number 6 was produced by Nicholas Reed and Clarke.
The 38-minute film began its theatrical release in 100 specialty theaters in select markets this past Friday, Feb. 21 via HD Shorts. It is also set for playdates internationally. Herz Sommer, was an accomplished concert pianist and music teacher in Prague who became a prisoner in Theresienstadt after Nazis invaded her country in 1943. Her mother, her husband and their six year-old son were transported to camps where her husband and her mother would lose their lives. After she and her little boy were liberated, she returned to performing professionally and her son also became a concert cellist. He died later, leaving his mother to survive him. The documentary is executive produced by Phillip Goldfine, Larry Abramson, Frederic Bohbot, Christopher Branch and Timothy Marlowe executive produced. The Oscar show is this Sunday, March 2nd.