The Auschwitz survivor will speak to the family of the American soldier who liberated her next weekend
Woman, 96, received a German banknote from an American soldier who wrote ‘good luck and luck’ on it after being freed from Auschwitz and will meet the late GI’s family via video call after a Twitter search tracked them down
- Lily Ebert, 96, received a message of hope 75 years ago for a German banknote
- Note found while reviewing assets with great-grandson, Dov Forman
- Is set to speak to the liberator’s family who wrote a message next week after the search
A woman who received a German banknote from an American soldier who wrote ‘good luck and happiness’ on it after she was released from Auschwitz 75 years ago, is going to chat with his family through a video call next weekend.
Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert, 96, found the item as she searched her belongings with her great-grandson, Dov Forman, 16 – who took to Twitter to find her American liberator.
The words of hope on the April 1945 banknote read: “The beginning of a new life … good luck and happiness.”
Now Lily is going to talk to the family of the American soldier Soldier Shulman – who died seven years ago – after her great-grandson’s search had ended viral.
Speaking of how much the note meant to her, she said Sky News“We didn’t have a sheet of paper, we didn’t have anything, you can’t know that, you can’t explain it, especially not today.”
Lily Ebert, 96, received a German banknote from an American soldier who wrote ‘good luck and happiness’ on it after she was released from Auschwitz 75 years ago. Pictured, with her great-grandson, Dov Forman, 16
The words on the April 1945 banknote read: “The beginning of a new life … good luck and happiness” (shown)
She continued, “People can’t understand that people are without anything – you had the robe you had on your body and that was it.”
Private Shulman liberated Lily from her death march with her two sisters when she was just 16 years old.
Doc took to Twitter to try to track down the US soldier, shared a selection of photos from the note, and wrote: “Yesterday, my great-grandmother showed me this banknote – given to her as a gift from a soldier who freed her.
Inscribed it says’ the beginning of a new life. Good luck and good luck, “Later she met those who liberated her.”
Lily Ebert (photo right from right) was only 16 years old when she was released from a death march
Speaking to the publication, Dov explained, “I just loved it and would share it with the world. I joked with my great-grandmother that I could find the soldier in 24 hours.
“Lo and behold with the help of Twitter, we have succeeded.”
The post was retweeted by the Auschwitz Museum account, which has over a million followers, and received over 14.5 thousand likes – before the identity of the American soldier was finally revealed.
It was learned that the note had been given to his great-grandmother by New Jersey soldier Hayman Shulman.
He was an American soldier and assistant to Rabbi Herschel Schacter, the first U.S. Army chaplain to participate in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration in April 1945,
Dov took to Twitter to try to reveal the American soldier who liberated his great-grandmother (photo)