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

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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 . Isso é tão triste, o mundo recusar-se a escutar o que os sobreviventes tinham para contar, porque era demasiado difícil, porque sentiam culpa, porque era mais simples fingir que não aconteceu. Lily’s Promise – named just that because Lily herself made a promise to herself in the depths of Auschwitz – should she survive she would live her life and dedicate her life ensuring the world knew exactly what happened during the holocaust. An incredible, beautiful written page turner, I didn’t want the book to end- and not only because the story shows, photos which are interesting and was very suspense that keeps you riveted from the start to the end. To use so much of her energy educating others about the darkest time in her life makes her both courageous and admirable - she’s a very special lady!

Thus Lily could at last carry out her Yom Kippur 1944 promise that the would let the world know what happened and she now continues to do so, working with schoolchildren through the Holocaust Educational Trust and other organisations. The elder son was conscripted into a labour service, while Lily, her three sisters and younger brother, and their mother were sent to a ghetto and, along with the rest of the Jewish population of their town, kept in increasingly stringent conditions until they were deported to Auschwitz in early July.

This is different to many of the books I have read, split between life during the war and lily's struggles within Auschwitz through to her time afterwards and up to the current day. This is so important, not only to educate everyone on what happened, but to ensure the countless lives lost are not forgotten either. I appreciate that, because other survivor testimonies I’ve read stop shortly after liberation, but of course the trauma continues. Meanwhile at Yom Kippur 1944, Lily had promised that, if she survived, she would never let the world forget what she and her fellows suffered.

E isso é o que acontece com a Lily, ela conta a sua história de modo a não angustiar demasiado o seu ouvinte. It’s emotional, it’s narrated in a way it makes the reader feel like we’re next to Lily having a conversation and listening to her experiences.She is an inspiration and what was done to her and her family is a warning that we must never turn our backs on evil. The "what happens afterwards" is just as important because it directly impacts all your offspring, and blessed be. It’s disgusting and shocking that humans still are able to harbor so much hatred and do these things, and speaks volumes to the importance of brave souls like Lily who are willing to share their experiences to hopefully educate others and prevent future atrocities.

I just hope that with her book, her story does not die and that every generation for years to come gets the chance to read it! At the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, there is a plaque that reads, ‘For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women and children, mainly Jews, from various countries of Europe’. Ela fez uma promessa ainda no campo de concentração, disse que iria contar a todos o que se passava lá. Although all the books I have read have been based at the same concentration camp i find it astounding how different each persons version is. At the age of sixteen he was separated from her during the Covid pandemic for the first time, and became determined to record her story for posterity.

Though Lily saw and experienced inhumanity at its lowest ebb, her reaction was not one of bitterness or cynicism, but of hope and compassion. Lily Ebert is a remarkable woman and Dov, her great-grandson is a credit to her and an incredible young man. It also has chapters from Dov (her grandson) who helped lily in reaching out on social media to fill gaps in her story. The true memoir of Lily's moving journey from Hungary to Auschwitz, Israel to London should be read to understand the full horrors of the time.

Despite the horrors she experienced (she witnessed Mengele steer her mother and young siblings to the “other side”), her message is a positive one: “If you could help someone else when they were at their lowest…this kept you alive too.Every Holocaust survivor’s story I read adds a new perspective on the unimaginable suffering they went through. Keď sa potom jej pravnuk Dov Forman rozhodol využiť sociálne médiá, aby vystopoval rodinu tohto vojaka, deväťdesiatšesťročná Lily sa odrazu ocitla na titulkách po celom svete. Lily has not had an easy life, straight from day 1 of being put in the ghetto and even after the war with everything that life threw at her it’s amazing to see how much of a strong woman she really is!

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