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Summary

With a foreword written and read by HRH the Prince of Wales, patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

When Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert was liberated in 1945, a Jewish American soldier gave her a banknote on which he’d written ‘Good luck and happiness’. And when her great-grandson Dov decided to use social media to track down the family of the GI, 96-year-old Lily found herself making headlines round the world. Lily had promised herself that if she survived Auschwitz, she would tell everyone the truth about the camp. Now was her chance.

In Lily’s Promise, she writes movingly about her happy childhood in Hungary, the death of her mother and two youngest siblings on their arrival at Auschwitz in 1944 and her determination to keep her two other sisters safe. She describes the inhumanity of the camp and the small acts of defiance that gave her strength. From there, she and her sisters became slave labour in a munitions factory and then faced a death march that they barely survived.

Lily lost so much, but she built a new life for herself and her family, first in Israel and then in London. It wasn’t easy; the pain of her past was always with her, but this extraordinary woman found the strength to speak out in the hope that such evil would never happen again.

Lily's story is brought to life by actress Anna Cordell in this audiobook, alongside Dov Forman, with Lily reading her dedication.

©2021 Lily Ebert and Dov Forman (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

"A stunningly moving book about the power of hope and love to overcome the very worst of mankind." (Piers Morgan)

"Utterly compelling, heartbreaking, truthful and yet redemptive, a memoir of the Holocaust, a testimony of irrepressible spirit and an unforgettable family chronicle, written in lucid prose by a truly remarkable woman about her life from Hungary to Auschwitz, Israel to London. I couldn't stop reading it." (Simon Sebag Montefiore)

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Inspirational

Was watching GMB the other day and the amazing Lily Evert and her Great Grandson Dov were on talking about their book Lily's Promise. I was so taken with her spark and determination that I immediately bought her book in Audio form. I listened to this wonderful book going to and from Helensburgh and the last few chapters had me in tears.
This book is one woman's memories of her time growing up in Hungary, to the Nazy occupation and being taken on the trains to Auschwitz. Once freed by the Russians she tells her story from then on till now.
An amazing woman and a true inspiration
As you can tell I was greatly moved by this book and would highly recommend.

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Inspirational Woman

A brilliant memoir by Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor and inspirational woman Lily Ebert. Unlike many other Auschwitz testimonials, this book carries on right up until current day and gives the insight of the continuing trials and tribulations of life thereafter.
Thank you for sharing your story which has taken such courage to re-live and write down.
A must read / listen. 5*

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Beautiful and moving

Thank you Lily for sharing your story, I was greatly moved by listening to it.

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Lily's Promise

Everyone in the world should read/listen to this book. Lily is a truly inspirational woman.

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Just Right

so well written. Just right. Some of the most moving parts were about the little things, the day to day things that we take for granted and how important they were then.

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Brilliant. Should be a compulsory read for all.

Words can't describe the emotions this book takes you through. 100% recommend. Well done to all involved

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Absolutely Incredible!

This audiobook was perfect in every way. I loved every second of listening. Brilliant!

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Lilly's Promise

One of the most inspirational books I have ever written. What a strong woman Lilly is. It's made me cry so many times . Lilly you have done what you promised you have told us your incredible story and I will never forget it .

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everyone should hear this story

I enjoyed this book full of imfo first hand from the writer .Too much attention given to the grandson tho I would have liked just to hear about the writers first hand imfomation

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Educate yourself about the Holocaust. Read this amazing story

Such a moving, courageous and inspiring story. Thank you Lily for telling your story of the Holocaust, which must be so hard and yet so important to pass on to generation to generation. Every human being is a different expression of the same one spirit. We are the same, we are all love. The more people see this, the more the world will be kinder and wiser. Thank you Dov for helping bring this story to so many 🙏