35 great-grandchildren! An unbelievable number – especially with such a past …
Lily Ebert (98) was liberated by the Allies in 1945. Now the Holocaust survivor has become a great-grandmother for the 35th time.
Being a great-grandmother is something special for every woman, Ebert told the PA news agency. It is all the more special for them as Holocaust survivors. “I never thought I could do it. I had to survive first, then reach that age. The Nazis wanted to kill us and we have shown that they cannot succeed.”
Ebert was born in Hungary in 1923 and deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944. Her mother, younger brother and sister were murdered there.
After four months, Ebert and two other sisters were forced to work in a munitions factory near Leipzig, where they were liberated by US troops. Via Switzerland and Israel, she came to England in 1967 with three children. Today she lives in London.
“Babies are the best revenge against the Nazis,” Dov Forman (18) quoted his great-grandmother in a tweet.
The 18-year-old runs a Tiktok account for Ebert with over 1.6 million followers and has published a book with his great-grandmother, for which Prince Charles (73) wrote the foreword.
“She has devoted her entire life to educating people about the Holocaust,” Forman said. His great-grandmother visited schools, companies and organizations together with other survivors. “I promised myself: As long as I live, I will tell my story to future generations,” said Ebert, who survived a coronavirus infection about a year ago.