Netflix Buys Rights Oscar-Nominated Holocaust Survivor

Netflix has acquired streaming rights to “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” an Oscar-nominated short documentary about pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer.

The 38-minute film will be available to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. and Canada on April 1. It is one of the documentary short subject nominees at this year’s Oscars.

Herz-Sommer, believed to have been the oldest-living Holocaust survivor, died in London on Sunday at the age of 110. The film was directed by Malcolm Clarke and produced by Clarke, former ICM agent Nick Reed and Christopher Branch. Exec producers are Larry Abramson, Frederic Bohbot and Phillip B. Goldfine.

Separately, Netflix last fall obtained rights to “The Square,” a documentary about unrest in Egypt, which snared an Oscar nomination for best documentary feature.

“Lady in Number 6″ tells the story of Prague-born Herz-Sommer, who became a celebrated pianist and grew up surrounded by artists including composer-conductor Gustav Mahler and writer Franz Kafka. After the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, she and her young son were transported to the notorious Theresienstadt concentration camp.

“Telling Alice’s story was a life-changing experience for everyone involved with the film,” Reed said in a statement. “Netflix viewers and future generations will be able to learn so many life lessons from this most amazing woman.”

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