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World's oldest Holocaust survivor dies at age 110

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Alice Herz-Sommer, an accomplished pianist and a Holocaust survivor, died at the age of 110 Sunday morning in London.

Herz-Sommer was believed to be the oldest living Holocaust survivor. She is the focus of the documentary “The Lady in Number 6,” which is nominated for an Academy Award. (Via YouTube / allegrofilms)

The documentary highlights Herz-Sommer’s experiences in the Terezin concentration camp, and the skill that kept her and her son alive.

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“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.

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Pope gives up his Harley to benefit the poor

Pope Francis is donating his Harley Davidson motorcycle to help raise money for Rome's homeless. In other news, the pope had a Harley?

According to the National Catholic Register, profits from the eventual sale of the bike will help fund a renovation of a hostel and a soup kitchen. 

Pope Francis was gifted two motorcycles, and a biker jacket, by the Harley Davidson Motor Company in June during a celebration of the iconic brand's 110th anniversary.  

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The pope is well known for his simple and modest existence. As a cardinal in Argentina he would regularly take a public bus when he could have opted for a private car and driver.

In a recent speech to Church seminarians, he said those in the clergy should also think about how they spend their money on their personal expenses, including their transportation options, "If you like that beautiful car, think about how many children are dying of hunger,”

Instead of riding in the traditional 'Popemobile,' Pope Francis now drives a Renault with nearly 200,000 miles on it.

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