Wednesday, February 8th | 17 Shevat 5783

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2022


Lily Ebert

Holocaust Survivor and Influencer

A 98-year-old grandmother and survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, Lily Ebert became a TikTok star during 2020 when she began making videos to educate the public about the Holocaust. Her account, which her 18-year-old great-grandson Dov Forman helps to run, currently has 1.9 million followers. Ebert’s memoir of her incarceration in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, “Lily’s Promise: Holding on to Hope Through Auschwitz and Beyond―A Story for All Generations”, recounts in riveting detail her childhood in Hungary, the death of her mother and two youngest siblings on their arrival at Auschwitz, and her determination to keep her two other sisters safe. She describes at length the inhumanity of the camp and the small acts of defiance that gave her strength. A resident of London, Ebert was praised by British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for having “dedicated her life to sharing her astonishing story so that the world would never again descend into such depths.” (Photo: Holocaust Memorial Day Trust)


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