Holocaust survivor, 97, flooded with anti-Semitic abuse by trolls on Tik Tok
A 97-year-old Holocaust survivor was flooded with racist abuse on Tik Tok during the recent violence between Israel and Palestine, with trolls praising Hitler and linking her to the conflict.
Lily Ebert, who lives in Switzerland, posts videos on the social media app answering questions about her experience in the Auschwitz death camp at the hands of the Nazis during World War Two.
Mrs Ebert survived the Holocaust in the 1940s, during which much of her family were killed but when she posted a message on May 14th wishing her 90,000 followers “a lovely, peaceful weekend”, she received a barrage of anti-Semitic abuse.
Messages included “Happy Holocaust” and “Peace be upon Hitler”.
Mrs Ebert’s great-grandson, Dov Forman, said on Twitter : “Over the past few days my great-grandmother (Auschwitz survivor) and I have continued to receive messages of hate on Tiktok and Twitter.
“We will not allow this to stop us from educating about the horrors of the past, and what hatred can lead to.”
He added: “Hate only breeds hate.”
The Campaign Against Antisemitism added: “Holocaust survivor’s Lily Ebert’s TikTok account, dedicated to asking questions and sharing answers about the Holocaust, was bombarded during Shabbat with comments praising Hitler.
“Not one of the TikToks have been political nor mentioned Israel.”
Mrs Ebert’s post comes as the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas holds following 11 days of violence which saw 250 people killed.
Mrs Ebert was taken from her home town of Bonyhad in Hungary to Auschwitz in July 1944.
On arrival she and two of her sisters were selected to work. But their mother, another sister and her brother were sent to the gas chambers.
After four months in the camp, the sisters were transferred to the munitions factory at Altenburg, near Leipzig.
Last year she was due to be reunited with the family of the American soldier who wrote her a kind note while being marched from the munitions factory shortly before she was freed in 1945.
She was just was 16 years old and had been travelling for days with no shoes, food or water when she was approached by the kind Jewish GI, Private Hyman Schulman from Brooklyn, New York, who spoke to her in German before giving her a ten-mark bank note.
The note read: “A start to a new life. Good luck and happiness.”