Commuters at Liverpool Street Station were given the chance to hear an 88-year-old Auschwitz survivor tell her harrowing story yesterday.
Lily Ebert, originally from Hungary, recounted her story from a living room-like space at the packed London station on Wednesday (January 10) in an initiative backed by the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Ebert told passers-by how she and her family were transported to Auschwitz in 1944. She and sisters Renee and Piri were selected for work detail, but her mother, younger brother and younger sister were all sent immediately to the gas chambers.
Lily and her two surviving sisters were transferred to a munitions factory near Leipzig four months after arriving at Auschwitz, and were eventually liberated by the Allies in 1945.
Lily and her sisters travelled to Switzerland after liberation and she was reunited with her older brother, who had also survived the camps, in 1953. The family then moved to Israel, before relocating to England in 1967.
“It means so much to me that I am able to work with HET to make sure that young people know what happened,” Lily said. “Young people are the future and I ask them one thing: be kinder to each other.”