John 9.25 “He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” [NKJV]
The numbers on her left arm are fading, but will never disappear. Neither will the terrible memories of the day the doors of the packed cattle truck slid open and Lilly Ebert, or prisoner A10572, realised she was at Auschwitz.
Mrs Ebert is determined that the world never forgets what happened at the largest Nazi death camp, where 1.1 million people lost their lives. “We talk about our story because something like that should never, ever happen again,” said Mrs Ebert. Lily, now 79, was just 14 when she was taken from the Hungarian town of Bonyhad with her mother, brother and three sisters to Auschwitz.
“When we arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau they opened the doors of the trucks,” she said. “We were half-dead but we had to quickly stand five in a row. There was a man with a stick in his hand. It was Dr Joseph Mengele, a physician at Auschwitz, who later became known as the Angel of Death for his brutal experiments on inmates. With one movement of his hand he sent the people right or left — to life or death. The people who were sent to the left were taken immediately to the crematorium.”
Lily’s mother Nina, her brother Bela and sister Berta were among those who went left, never to be seen again.
Lily and her sisters, Renee and Piri were sent to... read more