Auschwitz survivor Lily Ebert will reportedly meet the family of the soldier who freed her after sharing images of a message written on a bank note.
Yesterday my great Grandma (Lily Ebert – an Auschwitz survivor) showed me this bank note- given to her as a gift by a soldier who liberated her. Inscribed, it says “a start to a new life. Good luck and happiness”. Later on, she met up with those who freed her (third photo). pic.twitter.com/LAx2ZGFCnH
— Dov Forman (@DovForman) July 5, 2020
Dov Forman, Ebert’s great-grandson, reportedly started searching for Ebert’s liberators after they found a German bank note with the message “a start to a new life. Good luck and happiness” while looking through her possessions. Forman told Jewish News that he’s trying to get in contact with the soldier’s family for a virtual meeting. (RELATED: REPORT: Denver Suburb Shields Officers From Aspects Of Police Reform Law)
“Recently I have been getting more involved in learning as much as possible about my great-grandma’s story because I feel like it is now a race against time to learn it in depth before it becomes my -and the rest of my family’s responsibility- to become her witness”, said Forman to Jewish News.
The Auschwitz Museum confirmed Ebert’s story on Twitter, saying that her two sisters Renee and Piri were also registered at Auschwitz. Her mother Nina, brother Bela and sister Berta were reportedly killed while they were at the camp.
The note was reportedly given to Ebert by Private Hayman Shulman from New Jersey. “Lily was speechless when I told her that in one day I had managed to find the soldier that liberated her, with the help of Twitter,” Forman told Jewish News.