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Lily's Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live [9781529073409]

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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.

'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. I couldn't stop reading it.' Simon Sebag Montefiore


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 in 2015 was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Holocaust education.
Dov Forman is Lily's great-grandson. At the age of sixteen he was separated from her during the pandemic for the first time, and became determined to record her story for posterity.

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    Lily’s Promise

    Posted by Anne on 14th Oct 2021

    What a read. A very remarkable lady. To survive the horrors of Auschwitz and the loss of her mother she truly is an amazing lady. I had a your of Auschwitz. My blood turned cold

  • 5
    Amazing book

    Posted by Adam wakeland on 23rd Sep 2021

    A factual and interesting read. Well done to Lily and her grandson Dov.

  • 5

    Posted by Nathan Ellituv on 9th Sep 2021

    I found this book both incredibly moving and sobering at the same time.
    A timeless, brilliantly written masterpiece which highlights the critical importance of hope and faith.
    Well done to both Lilly and Dov. A quite remarkable book.

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