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Lily's Promise

How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live

Lily Ebert Dov Forman



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14 September 2021
A heart-wrenching and ultimately life-affirming Holocaust survivor story that demonstrates the power of love to see us through the darkest of times.

When Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert was liberated in 1945, a Jewish-American soldier gave her a banknote on which he'd written 'Good luck and happiness'. And when her great-grandson, Dov, decided to use social media to track down the family of the GI, 96-year-old Lily found herself making headlines round the world. Lily had promised herself that if she survived Auschwitz she would tell everyone the truth about the camp. Now was her chance.

In Lily's Promise she writes movingly about her happy childhood in Hungary, the death of her mother and two youngest siblings on their arrival at Auschwitz in 1944 and her determination to keep her two other sisters safe. She describes the inhumanity of the camp and the small acts of defiance that gave her strength. From there she and her sisters became slave labour in a munitions factory, and then faced a death march that they barely survived.

Lily lost so much, but she built a new life for herself and her family, first in Israel and then in London. It wasn't easy; the pain of her past was always with her, but this extraordinary woman found the strength to speak out in the hope that such evil would never happen again.
By:   Lily Ebert
With:   Dov Forman
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   436g
ISBN:   9781529073416
ISBN 10:   1529073413
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   14 September 2021
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lily Ebert lives in London near her large and loving family, which includes thirty-four great-grandchildren. She is a founder member of the Holocaust Survivors Centre and was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Holocaust education. Lily's Promise is her powerful memoir. Dov Forman is Lily's great-grandson. 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.

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

We must never forget the horrors of the Holocaust; Lily is an incredible lady and an inspiration to us all -- Lord Alan Sugar Lily instantly touches everyone she meets with her immense warmth and caring nature. To use so much of her energy educating others about the darkest time in her life makes her both courageous and admirable - she's a very special lady! -- Rachel Riley

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