Auschwitz survivor's surprise and joy as she gets 2,500 cards

‘The Nazis didn’t win!’ Auschwitz survivor’s surprise and joy as she gets 2,500 cards to celebrate her 98th birthday after appeal by her great-grandson on TikTok

  • Lily Ebert, born in 1923, has ten grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren
  • Her great-grandson, Dov Forman, 18, asked their TikTok followers to surprise her 
  • Lily was on one of the last trains carrying Jews to enter Auschwitz in 1944

A Holocaust survivor has received thousands of birthday cards and messages as she turned 98, eight decades after surviving Auschwitz concentration camp.

Lily Ebert, who has ten grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, celebrated her birthday on Wednesday.

She was sent more than 2,500 birthday cards and said the heartfelt wishes showed ‘the Nazis did not win’. 

A Holocaust survivor has received thousands of birthday cards and messages as she turned 98, eight decades after surviving Auschwitz concentration camp

Lily Ebert (above), who has ten grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, celebrated her birthday on Wednesday. Pictured with her birthday cake

Lily said: ‘I never expected to survive Auschwitz. Now, at 98, I celebrate surrounded by my family – the Nazis did not win!’

Lily’s 18-year-old great-grandson, Dov Forman, asked the pair’s 1.5million TikTok followers to ‘Help me surprise my amazing great grandma for her 98th birthday!’

Cards arrived from all over the world and a number of MPs, including Matt Hancock and Sajid Javid, commented on Dov’s tweet.  

Dov told MailOnline: ‘It is so humbling to see so many people, from all over the world, respond to my request to surprise Lily for her birthday! 

‘My great-grandmother has not just survived Auschwitz and the Holocaust; she has built a large and loving family with three children, 10 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren who all love her very much. 

‘Lily’s 98th birthday, which is now being celebrated together with millions online, is another of life’s affirmations – the Nazis, and the prejudice and hatred that they stood for, didn’t win.’

She was sent more than 2,500 birthday cards and said the heartfelt wishes showed ‘the Nazis did not win’. Pictured with her great-grandson Dov Forman

Lily said: ‘I never expected to survive Auschwitz. Now, at 98, I celebrate surrounded by my family – the Nazis did not win!’

Cards arrived from all over the world and a number of MPs, including Matt Hancock and Sajid Javid, commented on Dov’s tweet

Lily was on one of the last trains carrying Hungarian Jews to enter Auschwitz in 1944, enduring months at Birkenau before being transported to Altenburg, a sub-camp of Buchenwald. 

The survivor told her story in a heart-wrenching book, titled Lily’s Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live, which details the horrific reality of life in a concentration camp. 

Lily was born in December 1923 in Bonyhád, a town in southwestern Hungary which at the time had a Jewish population of nearly 7,000. 

She first hit headlines in July 2020, after successfully searching for the family of the American soldier who gave her a banknote with a message wishing her ‘good luck and happiness’. 

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