A 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor celebrates her first walk outside a month after taking it a “miraculous recovery” of Covid-19.
Lily Ebert contracted the virus in January and was treated at her home in North London by her relatives, who she said could use oxygen supplies. The Guardian.
Her great-grandson Dov Forman, 17, participated Twitter to celebrate Lily’s first walk outside in a month, adding that she was a ‘hunter and survivor’.
A photo of Lily in Dov’s post – which has been liked more than 129,000 times since it was first shared yesterday – showed her glowing while warmly wrapped in a gray coat and leopard print hat.
A survivor of Auschwitz and the Nazi death marches, Lily was liberated in April 1945 and began her new life in June of that year, when she and her sisters were evacuated from the ruins of Germany and taken to Switzerland by train.
Lily Ebert, a 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor, celebrates her first walk outside in a month (pictured) following a ‘miraculous recovery’ from Covid-19
Lily (second photo from right) was just a teeanger when she was liberated from a Nazi death march in 1945
“My 97-year-old great-grandmother, Lily Ebert BEM – Auschwitz Survivor, has just recovered from Covid-19,” Dov said in his Twitter post.
Today she took her first walk in a month after a miraculous recovery. A fighter and a survivor, ”he added.
Hundreds of Twitter users were quick to offer Lily their good wishes, while Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wrote: ‘What an inspiration. I wish Lily a continued safe and speedy recovery and best wishes to all of the family. ‘
Another said, ‘That’s great. Go great-grandmother Lily. An inspiration to all of us, ”while a third added,“ Bless her. Blows my little flame of optimism on fire. ‘
Speaking to The Guardian, Dov confessed that his family had “no idea” how Lily contracted the virus, as they had all been careful during the pandemic.
Lily contracted the virus in January and was treated at her home in North London by members of her family who could use oxygen. In the photo, with her great-grandson, Dov Forman
Her great-grandson Dov Forman, 17, took to Twitter (pictured) to celebrate Lily’s first outdoor walk in a month, adding that she was a ‘hunter and survivor’
On December 17, she received her first dose of vaccine, but felt ill for some time afterwards. We kept her at home because we were afraid of seeing her again when she went to the hospital, ”he explained.
Lily’s local doctor checked her regularly and relatives who could use oxygen supplies looked after her.
Dov admitted that there were some ‘dark moments’ during Lily’s recovery, but that his great-grandmother is now ‘100%’.
She has always been very positive. She’s just a true survivor and a fighter, from an early age, ‘he added.
Lily first made headlines in July 2020, after successfully searching for the family of the American soldier who gave her a note with the message to wish her ‘good luck and happiness’.
Response: Hundreds of Twitter users were quick to offer Lily their good wishes, while Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wrote: “What an inspiration. I wish Lily a continued safe and speedy recovery, and best wishes to the whole family ‘
Lily left for Switzerland in June 1945 after being liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp, having previously been to Auschwitz where her mother, brother and sister were murdered by the Nazis.
Prisoners at Auschwitz and other camps in occupied Eastern Europe were moved west in so-called ‘death marches’ as Soviet troops approached from the east.
SS guards were ordered to kill prisoners who could no longer keep up, while others died of cold and exhaustion.
In January 1945, more than 10,000 prisoners arrived in Buchenwald, but thousands died before the Allies arrived.
American soldiers of the 6th Armored Division entered the camp on April 11 and found more than 21,000 people there.
Lily first made headlines in July 2020, after a successful search for the family of the American soldier who gave her a banknote with the message to wish her ‘good luck and happiness’ (pictured)
Lily, then 21 years old, received a note from an American soldier with a message wishing her ‘good luck and luck’.
She previously showed it to her great-grandson and explained to BBC’s Today program: ‘I didn’t even know what I got with this note, how interesting it is and how interesting it will be for the whole world.
“I got something from a soldier who didn’t have a sheet of paper to write on … so instead he took out this note and wrote happiness for the future life.”
The Hungarian-born survivor later spoke through Zoom to the family of the American soldier, Private Hayman Shulman, who died seven years ago.
Dov tracked down the private person’s family on Twitter, and they shared an emotional conversation last year.
Dov took to Twitter in an attempt to reveal the American soldier who freed his great-grandmother (pictured)
It is believed that only about 400,000 Holocaust survivors are still alive to give their testimony.
The Auschwitz Museum marked 75 years in January since the most notorious Nazi death camp was liberated in early 1945.
Despite German attempts to hide evidence of their crimes against humanity, the Red Army found horrific piles in Auschwitz, along with 7,000 survivors.
Nearly a million Jews were murdered in the camp, along with tens of thousands of others, including Poles, Gypsies and Soviet prisoners of war.
Lily was transported there from her native Hungary, which was occupied by the Nazis in 1944. Hungarian authorities worked with the Nazis to arrest Jews in urban ghettos before being deported to Auschwitz.
More than 500,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered or died of assault, historians estimate – about two-thirds of the country’s Jewish population.
Earlier, she told how much the US soldier’s banknote meant to her Sky News: ‘We had no paper, we had nothing, you cannot know that, you cannot explain it, certainly not today.’
She continued, “People can’t understand that people are without anything – you had the rug you had on your body and that was it.”