Book Review: Lily’s Promise By Lily Ebert And Dov Forman
Thousands experienced what I experienced, yet everyone remembers something different. Keeping this in mind, Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert shared her ordeal with the world and people alike in her book, Lily’s Promise. A story about optimism, perseverance, the human spirit, and togetherness.
What is Lily’s Promise by Lily Ebert?
Lily’s Promise, How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live is Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert’s inspiring memoir. The latter not only survived the Holocaust but, after the deaths of her mother, brother, and sister in Auschwitz-Birkenau, like a brave warrior, rebuilt her life and shared her tale with all of humanity with the message of love, not hate.
In fact, the book’s title, Lily’s Promise, refers to a promise Lily made to herself on Yom Kippur in 1944: if she survived the Nazis’ brutality, she would not only tell the world her story. But she would also ensure that whatever happened to them wouldn’t happen to anyone again.
I highly recommend this book to all readers. The language is easy to read. It also contains several photographs of Lily and her family. I also suggest readers read this book on the Holocaust, The Tattooist Of Auschwitz.
These are some of my views after reading Lily’s memoir.
1. As a Holocaust survivor, Lily has experienced the worst of humanity. Still, there is not a single line in the book where it feels like she has expressed any kind of hatred or malice against any country or religion. Forgive, but don’t forget—that’s the message she gave through her story.
2. Though the word “hope” is just a four-letter word, But its power and impact are just amazing. The same Mrs. Ebert mentioned it several times in her story. In fact, it’s the hope that keeps one alive when everything seems to be falling apart.
3. Reading about the Holocaust reminds us that in this jungle of humanity, humans are the worst when it comes to inflicting pain on each other.
4. The pain and the trauma sometimes make a person silent. And in that phase, it’s really hard for that human to share his or her ordeal with anyone else. The same happened with Lily Ebert. That’s why she took her time to tell the world her story.
5. The phrase “Together we stand, divided we fall.” This sentence best describes how Lily and her two sisters managed to survive the cruel Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald.
6. Family and loyal friends are highly significant to a person who has suffered a lot in life. They allow him the necessary space that he needs for himself because they are not shoving him up against the wall. It would be impossible for that human to survive otherwise. Also, Lily Ebert’s family never forced her to tell them her story against her will.
7. Jews like Lily were only numbers to the Nazis. They consequently had a number inked on their arm. They used it as a strategy to make individuals feel less human. On her left forearm, Lily Engelman (her pre-marriage name) has the tattoo with the number A-10572.
These are a few quotes from the book, “Lily’s Promise,” that I found very appealing and would want to share with you.
• You have to carry on. You always have to carry on.
• It is always better to hope.
• The Holocaust didn’t start with actions. It started with words.
• The truth is, if you weren’t there, you can never understand.
• They lied to us. So many lies. We believed them because we wanted to believe them. We couldn’t contemplate not believing them.
• Time passes so slowly when you don’t exactly know what you’re waiting for.
• You cannot fear the worst if you cannot imagine it.
• Even if I was deluding myself, the hope helped keep me alive.
• You have to do your best to survive. Of course. But it’s hard to survive alone. Your best chance of life come from working together.
• The Holocaust not only killed the people who died during the war, more people than the mind can take in, but also killed something in everybody who lived through it.
• As long as you have hope, anything can happen.
Why should you read this book?
You can consider reading this book for the following reasons:
• A memoir of a Holocaust survivor
• A book about hope and human perseverance
• A story that tells the positive powers of social media
My Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
I hope you like this. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.
You can also order your copy of the book from Amazon India- Lily’s Promise book