Lily's Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live

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Lily's Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live

Lily's Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live

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At the age of sixteen he was separated from her during the Covid pandemic for the first time, and became determined to record her story for posterity. I just hope that with her book, her story does not die and that every generation for years to come gets the chance to read it! They were a very close knit, but liberal and tolerant family, and their upbringing was idyllic, despite the occasional spectre of long term historical anti-semitism in Hungary. Lily Ebert has spent a lot of her later years speaking in schools to tell her story, and this book is suitable for older children and young adults. There were two quotes that really jumped out to me in this book ‘To render us subhuman’ and ‘could death be better than life’ sitting at home reading this book i felt awful for what they went through, how anyone could possibly not treat another human as just that, a human.

We owe it to every Holocaust victim, and survivor like Lily, to educate new generations about the horrors of that atrocity so it can never be allowed to happen again. It begins with her childhood in Hungary, before she and her family are taken to Auschwitz where her mother and two sisters perish. Couldn't put this down, well written, you must have had so many emotions and difficulty finding the right words but was done splendidly. At the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, there is a plaque that reads, ‘For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women and children, mainly Jews, from various countries of Europe’. Utterly compelling, heartbreaking, truthful and yet redemptive, a memoir of the Holocaust, a testimony of irrepressible spirit and an unforgettable family chronicle, written in lucid prose by a truly remarkable woman about her life from Hungary to Auschwitz, Israel to London.Having read this book I am struck by two things; Lily Ebert is a remarkable woman and her great grandson, Dov Forman, is also a very remarkable young man. Isso é tão triste, o mundo recusar-se a escutar o que os sobreviventes tinham para contar, porque era demasiado difícil, porque sentiam culpa, porque era mais simples fingir que não aconteceu.

When we hear, view or read about the Holocaust, we rarely read what happened after the victims were rescued. Later she moved to the new state of Israel where, after briefly and unsuccessfully trying life on a kibbutz, she settled in Tel Aviv and married a confident young man Shmuel who had lived in Israel since before the war, with whom she had three children. I discovered Lily and her great-grandson Dov on TikTok a few months ago and spend many many hours watching Lily talk and answer questions regarding the Holocaust.

V krutých podmienkach Osvienčimu si Lily dala sľub, že ak prežije, zasvätí zvyšok svojho života tomu, aby sa svet dozvedel, čo sa stalo počas holokaustu. Prince Charles of Wales read a hard to understand introduction (more than likely read from a portable sound system) but I bow to him for letting the world know of his involvement in the holocaust project in his country albeit what is that 65 years later?



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