Auschwitz survivor, 97, is flooded with anti-Semitic messages

Auschwitz survivor, 97, is flooded with anti-Semitic messages including ‘Peace be upon Hitler’ on TikTok account she uses to educate the young on horrors of the Holocaust

  • Lily Ebert, 97, posted a video wishing her followers a peaceful Shabbat (Sabbath)
  • Mrs Ebert, a survivor of Auschwitz and the Nazi death marches, received abuse
  • Messages included  ‘Happy Holocaust’, great-grandson Dov Forman 17 revealed

A 97-year-old Holocaust survivor has received a barrage of anti-Semitic messages including ‘peace be upon Hitler’ on TikTok. 

Lily Ebert, a survivor of Auschwitz and the Nazi death marches, posted a video wishing her followers a peaceful Shabbat (Sabbath) from her London home on May 14.

Shortly afterwards, the account was targeted with ‘messages of hate’, Mrs Ebert’s great-grandson Dov Forman, 17, revealed.

Messages included: ‘Happy Holocaust,’ ‘peace be upon Hitler,’ ‘you still alive[?]’ and ‘ask her if she thinks the treatment of Palestinians reminds her [of] the treatment she got in the camps’.

It comes as protesters across the world call for an ‘urgent’ resolution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Over 250 people have died – mostly Palestinians.

Shocking incidents of antisemitism have been reported during protests including a convoy of cars bearing Palestinian flags which drove through a Jewish community in north London while the passengers screamed ‘f*** their mothers, f*** their daughters’.

And this weekend, MPs and campaigners condemned pro-Palestine protesters for waving signs referring to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust, including: ‘Stop doing what Hitler did to you’ and ‘Israel, the new Nazi state’. 


Lily Ebert, a survivor of Auschwitz and the Nazi death marches, posted a video wishing her followers a peaceful Shabbat (Sabbath) (left) from her London home on May 14. Shortly afterwards, the account – and its corresponding Twitter page – was targeted with ‘messages of hate’ (right), Mrs Ebert’s great-grandson Dov Forman, 17, revealed

Auschwitz survivor Mrs Ebert’s great-grandson Mr Forman told of the abuse she received. 

Mr Forman wrote on Twitter: ‘Over the past few days my great Grandmother 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. Hate only breeds hate.’ 

Campaign Against Antisemitism wrote: ‘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 – who beat Covid-19 after contracting the virus in January – was liberated in April 1945 and began her new life in June that year, when she and her sisters were evacuated from the ruins of Germany and taken to Switzerland by train. 

She now uses her TikTok account to answer viewers’ questions about the Holocaust.

Lily first hit headlines in July 2020, after successfully searching for the family of the American soldier who gave her a banknote with a message wishing her ‘good luck and happiness’.

Auschwitz survivor Mrs Ebert’s great-grandson Mr Forman (pictured together) told of the abuse she received 

Mrs Ebert (pictured) – who beat Covid-19 after contracting the virus in January – was liberated in April 1945 and began her new life in June that year, when she and her sisters were evacuated from the ruins of Germany and taken to Switzerland by train 

Mrs Ebert left for Switzerland in June 1945 after she was liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp. 

She had previously been at Auschwitz where her mother, brother and sister were murdered by the Nazis. 

Prisoners at Auschwitz and other camps in occupied Eastern Europe were moved west in the so-called ‘death marches’ as Soviet troops closed in from the east. 

SS guards were ordered to kill prisoners who could no longer keep up, while others died of cold and exhaustion.  

More than 10,000 prisoners arrived at Buchenwald in January 1945, but thousands lost their lives before the Allies arrived. 

Mrs Ebert (pictured second from right) was just a teenager when she was liberated from a Nazi death march in 1945

Mrs Ebert first hit headlines in July 2020, after successfully searching for the family of the American soldier who gave her a banknote with a message wishing her ‘good luck and happiness’ (pictured) 

US soldiers from the 6th Armored Division entered the camp on April 11 and found more than 21,000 people there.  

Lily, then aged 21, was given a banknote by a US soldier with a message wishing her ‘good luck and happiness’. 

She previously showed it to her great-grandson, explaining to BBC’s Today programme: ‘I even didn’t know what I have with this note, how interesting it is and how interesting it will be for the whole world.

‘I got something from a soldier who did not have a piece of paper to write on… so instead he took out this banknote and he wrote good luck for future life.’

The Hungarian-born survivor later spoke over Zoom with the family of the US soldier, Private Hayman Shulman, who died seven years ago.  

Mr Forman tracked down the private’s family on Twitter and they shared an emotional conversation last year. 

Only around 400,000 Holocaust survivors are still alive today to give their testimony, it is believed.

This weekend, MPs and campaigners condemned pro-Palestine protesters for waving signs referring to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. 


MPs and campaigners have condemned pro-Palestine protesters for waving signs referring to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust during protests against Israeli actions in the Middle East


One man standing in Trafalgar Square yesterday held a Palestinian flag with a placard reading, ‘Stop doing what Hitler did to you’, while another poster read ‘One Holocaust does not justify another’ 

Pro-Palestine activists have burned Israeli flags (pictured) outside the nation’s embassy in the capital, as London faces consecutive weekends of anti-Israel protests

One man standing in Trafalgar Square yesterday held a Palestinian flag with a placard reading, ‘stop doing what Hitler did to you’, while a poster held by a woman read, ‘Israel, the new Nazi state’. 

Another sign in London referred to ‘Holocaust Part 2’ and another – naming Israel’s Prime Minister – read ‘Netanyahu surpasses Hitler in barbarism’. 

Responding to the signs, Lord Mann, the Government’s anti-Semitism tsar, told the Sunday Times: ‘The disgusting racist abuse against Jewish people on the streets of London requires an effective and strong response by all politicians and will be treated with contempt by all decent citizens.’

Meanwhile, the Campaign Against Antisemitism spoke of ‘yet another antisemitism-infested rally’ and said Jews had been threatened with ‘rape and murder’ in recent weeks.

Yesterday, a BBC journalist who tweeted ‘#HitlerWasRight’ seven years ago has sparked an investigation after the post was unearthed.  

Tala Halawa had claimed ‘Israel is more Nazi than Hitler’ and told the Israeli Defence Force to ‘go to hell’ in an online post dated July 20, 2014, before she was a digital reporter at the BBC.  

Tala Halawa, a Palestine Specialist for BBC Monitoring, had been covering the recent conflict in Gaza this week, and had done a piece to camera in a video covering Bella Hadid’s stance on the conflict in the region

Tala Halawa had claimed ‘Israel is more Nazi than Hitler’ and told the Israeli Defence Force to ‘go to hell’ in an online post on July 20, 2014, before she was a digital reporter at the BBC

Halawa – whose Twitter biography identifies her as located in Ramallah, Palestine – had used the hashtag ‘#PrayForGaza’, along with ‘#HitlerWasRight’ in the tweet.

A screenshot of the historic post was today uploaded online by the Honest Reporting Twitter account, which describes itself as promoting ‘fairness and accuracy in media coverage of Israel’. 

The account posted: ‘Halawa directly influences and creates news content watched by many millions around the world. 

‘In what world can someone like this work for a professional news outlet?’

A BBC Spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘These tweets predate the individual’s employment with the BBC but we are nevertheless taking this very seriously and are investigating.’

In the Middle East, Israel unleashed hundreds of air strikes against militant targets in Gaza, while Hamas and other militants fired more than 4,000 rockets towards Israel. 

Gaza City’s busiest commercial area, Omar al-Mukhtar Street, was covered in debris, smashed cars and twisted metal after a 13-floor building in its centre was flattened in an Israeli air strike.

Merchandise was covered in soot and strewn inside smashed stores and on the pavement. Municipal workers are removing broken glass and twisted metal from streets and pavements.

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