London Holocaust survivor, 98, receives an incredible 2,500 birthday cards

Lily Ebert, a Holocaust survivor, celebrates her 98th birthday today (December 29) with her family, which includes 10 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Lily received over 2,500 cards, as well as hundreds of birthday messages on Twitter.

Piers Morgan, Andrew Neil, Rachel Riley, Jeremy Vine and Nadhim Zahawi were among those who wished Lily happy birthday.

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The State of Israel’s official Twitter account tweeted: “Happy birthday and Mazal Tov to this queen! We love you Lily.”

Lily’s great-grandson Dov Forman thanked people for their card and wished Lily a happy birthday in a tweet that received nearly 30,000 likes and more than 2,000 retweets as his grandmother’s story resonated with people around the world.

TV host Richard Bacon wrote in response: “Tell her she’s magical. And that reading about her birthday today has made many of us so happy, happy and hopeful.”

Born in Bonyh√°d, Hungary, in December 1923, Lily was the eldest of six siblings.

In July 1944, after the Nazis invaded Hungary, Lily was deported to Auschwitz with her mother, younger brother and three sisters.

Lily’s mother (Nina), brother (Bela) and little sister (Berta) were sent to the gas chambers on arrival, while she and her two sisters were selected for work in the camp.



Lily Ebert during a National Holocaust Memorial Day event in London in 2017.

After four months, Lily was transferred to an ammunition factory near Leipzig, Germany, where she was finally liberated in 1945.

She moved to Switzerland with her sisters, and was later reunited with her older brother, who had also managed to survive.

In 1967, she moved to London with her husband and three children, where she now lives.



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With Dov, Lily has told her story in her book, Lily’s Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live. It was released in September by Pan Macmillan.

Lily writes in her dedication: “In loving memory of my beloved mother, Nina, and my little brother and sister, Bela and Berta, who were all murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau.



Lily Ebert celebrates her 98th birthday

“This book is also dedicated to the many members of my extended family who were killed and to all those who have no one to remember them.”

Together, Lily and Dov have taught children about kindness, inclusiveness and tolerance – and ensured that the Holocaust and its legacy are not forgotten.

Lily told Dov on her birthday: “I never expected to survive Auschwitz. Now, as a 98-year-old, I celebrate surrounded by my family – the Nazis did not win!”

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