With the help of her great-grandson, a Holocaust survivor of Hungarian origin, Lily Ebert, is sharing her story on TikTok. On the popular video sharing platform, the 97-year-old lady is teaching the younger generation of the dangers of political extremism and the importance of tolerance.
Ebert’s story became famous on the internet because of her great-grandson, Dov Forman, who shared a photo on Twitter of a banknote that an American soldier gave to his great-grandmother upon liberating her in 1945. The 17-year-old boy came up with the idea of creating a TikTok account where his great-grandmother’s story can reach hundreds of thousands of young people. Since then, the number of their followers has surpassed one million.
Together with five of her family members, Lily Ebert was deported from Hungary in July 1944 and taken to Auschwitz. Her mother, brother, and oldest sister were instantly killed in a gas chamber, while Ebert and her two other sisters spent four months in Auschwitz before being transferred to Leipzig. The three sisters survived the horrors of the Nazi death camp, and following their liberation by Americans, they were granted asylum in Switzerland. Lily emigrated to the UK in 1967 and settled in London.
The 97-year-old Holocaust survivor has three children, ten grandchildren, and thirty-four great-grandchildren. As a survivor of a Nazi death camp, she feels obliged to talk about what she went through, and educate the younger generation, therefore she has spoken about the Holocaust at public events, too.
Featured photo illustration via Dov Forman’s Twitter page