A 98-year-old Holocaust Survivor named Lily Ebert is taking over TikTok these days as she shares her story with the world.
Lily, along with her great-grandson Dov Forman, has garnered a huge following on TikTok as the two collectively share the former’s story as an Auschwitz survivor.
Talking about Lily today holds a special significance as January 27, 2022, is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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Meet Holocaust Survivor Lily Ebert on TikTok
Lily has over 1.6 million followers on TikTok and her videos have amassed over 23.6 million likes on the platform.
The Auschwitz survivor and her 18-year-old great-grandson started their TikTok account during the lockdown in 2020.
Very soon, Lily and her stories went viral on the platform, with many of her videos amassing millions of views. She often speaks candidly about her life during the Holocaust and in the years after it. She also answers her viewers’ questions.
In one video, she revealed that after the American soldiers liberated her, she lived in German houses for a while.
In another video, she details being hungry for long periods of time in Auschwitz. Lily explained: “Luckily I am not a big eater but some people died from hunger.”
Lily’s TikTok is not for the weak-hearted as she has described many more horrors from her time in the concentration camps.
Lily Ebert’s life explored
In a recent interview with CBS, Lily reflected on the day when the Auschwitz camp was liberated, 77 years ago.
The survivor was 20 years old when she arrived at the camp and the guards took away her mother, brother and one of her sisters immediately.
Lily revealed that they were taken to the gas chambers the same afternoon that they arrived.
When Auschwitz was liberated, Lily recalls getting a German banknote from an American GI who wrote a message on it. The note read: “Good life, good luck for your future.”
After being released from the camps, Lily and her three sisters began rebuilding their lives as a family in Switzerland. They were reunited with her oldest brother, Imi, in 1953.
In 1946, the sisters moved to Palestine together where Lily met her future husband, Shmuel.
The couple tied the knot in 1948 and had three children together. The family eventually settled in London in 1967.
Besides telling her story through TikTok, the Holocaust Survivor has also co-written a book called Lily’s Promise with her great-grandson, Dov.
Fans react to Lily’s TikToks
Lily’s fans often flood the comments section of her TikTok videos with positive messages.
Commenting on one of Lily’s videos showcasing the concentration camp, one user wrote: “I went to Auschwitz, it felt as though someone had put a bag of rocks on my back.”
Another user was stunned to see Lily reciting a Hungarian poem she learnt when she was in school.
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