Auschwitz survivor Lily Ebert has taken her first steps since recovering from Covid-19 at the age of 97 celebrated by her great grandson on Twitter.
17-year-old Dov Forman shared a picture of Ebert’s first walk to Covid and called it a “miraculous recovery”.
Forman said he and his father caught the virus for the first time in April last year, but Ebert was able to stay healthy. A few weeks after receiving her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on December 17, she said she was starting to feel sick.
“I was very tired, very sleepy. I really don’t know what it is, but I felt very depressed. You couldn’t do anything. It’s terrible,” said Ebert.
Ebert tested positive for Covid-19 in January and spent three weeks at home while he recovered, according to Forman. He said doctors would visit the London home daily to make sure she was taking all the medication she needed.
Forman remembers the family who didn’t want Ebert to be hospitalized for fear of never seeing them again. The teenager recalls that his entire family was concerned on days when they saw her in critical condition, but they had hope that she would recover.
“But we knew she was a fighter, she’s obviously a survivor of Auschwitz and many other things in her life, and she never gives up and, as I said about my tweet, she is a true survivor, a true fighter, and we knew she was going to get through and she didn’t give up, so thank god she recovered, “said Forman.
The worldwide lockdowns due to Covid-19 have allowed Forman and his great-grandmother to bond as they work to preserve and share the memories of Ebert’s days at Auschwitz and the importance of sharing that story, he said.
Formans first viral tweet Last July, his great-grandmother was able to reunite with the family of the US soldier who left her a message when she was liberated.
Ebert said she came to Auschwitz on the last transport from Hungary on July 9, 1944. As a teenager, she spent four months in the camp, where she had to work as a slave in a factory.
And there she lost her mother, brother, and sister when they were killed.
“More or less 100 other family members, aunts, uncles, nephews, everyone. They killed,” said Ebert.
Despite everything Ebert has been through in her life, she expressed the same feeling of surviving both the Holocaust and Covid-19.
“It’s fantastic when you can say for everything: ‘I made it, I’m here. I’ve been through it and I’m here,'” said Ebert. “I think the only thing you can do is never give up because it’s always hope.”
As long as you have hope, “anything can happen,” she said. “So never give up hope.”
Ebert and her great-grandson enjoyed sharing their story with the world so much that they are writing a memoir and expecting it to be published in September.
“I just realized that she won’t live forever and that the camp survivors won’t have much time left. It’s so important to use your platform to share testimonies because that’s the way forward,” said Forman.
Forman hopes his great-grandmother’s story will inspire others to do the same, to share and preserve the story of those who lived through the Holocaust camps.
He encourages everyone to take the time to read and study, especially on January 27th Holocaust Remembrance Day.