A 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor who made a 'miraculous recovery' from Covid-19 has been hailed a 'hero' after urging the public to 'never give up' in the face of the pandemic.
Lily Ebert contracted the virus in January, after receiving her first dose of the vaccine a month earlier, and was treated at her home in north London by her relatives who were able to use oxygen supplies.
Her great-grandson Dov Forman, 17, last week celebrated her first walk outside in a month on Twitter, adding that she was a 'fighter and survivor'.
Lily, a survivor of Auschwitz and the Nazi death marches, 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 appeared on Good Morning Britain today where she urged viewers to 'chose' to be positive in the face of adversity, and to do what we can to keep others safe against the virus.
A 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor (pictured) who made a 'miraculous recovery' from Covid-19 has been hailed a 'hero' after a Good Morning Britain appearance
Her great-grandson Dov Forman, 17, (pictured right) after hailing her a 'fighter and survivor' last Thursday
When asked how she remained positive after facing such adversity in her life, she said: 'It was very important, because you could chose. You could chose life and carry on or give up, I chose the first one.
'I chose life and said "I can not give up, I have to carry on to fight". That is what I promised myself, I would tell the world what really happened and I kept my promise.'
She went on: 'This virus is terrible. When Covid will end, we don't know - but we know only what we can do. We should never give up, and try to do what we can try to survive, and be very careful with other people that nobody should get it.
'How much we can do - be separated from other people. That will pass, and we should do everything that we can to help each other, that nobody should get this virus.'
Viewers quickly took to Twitter to praise Lily, with one hailing her 'amazing' while another called her a 'hero'
Viewers quickly took to Twitter to praise Lily, with one writing: 'Now that is what you call a hero!! Lily are are a true inspiration.'
Another said: 'Lily on @GMB getting me emotionally happy. We can learn and gain strength from her.'
'What an amazing woman. Bless her heart', wrote a third.
In his Twitter post last Thursday, Dov penned: 'My 97-year-old great-grandma, Lily Ebert BEM - Auschwitz Survivor, has just recovered from Covid- 19.'
'Today she went on her first walk in a month after making a miraculous recovery. A fighter and survivor,' he added.
Hundreds of Twitter users were quick to offer their well-wishes to Lily, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan writing: 'What an inspiration. Wishing Lily a continued safe and speedy recovery, and best wishes to all the family.'
Lily contracted the virus in January and was treated at her home in north London by her relatives who were able to use oxygen supplies. Pictured, with her great-grandson, Dov Forman
Her great-grandson Dov Forman, 17, took to Twitter (pictured) to celebrate Lily's first walk outside in a month, adding that she was a 'fighter and survivor'
Another said: 'That’s amazing. Go Great Grandma Lily. An inspiration to us all,' while a third added: 'Bless her. Fans my small flame of optimism into fire.'
Speaking to The Guardian, Dov confessed his family 'have no idea' how Lily contracted the virus because they had all been careful throughout the pandemic.
'She was able to have her first dose of the vaccine on 17 December but some time afterwards she was feeling ill. We kept her at home because we were worried about seeing her again if she went to hospital,' he explained.
Lily's local GP regularly checked in on her and relatives who were able to use oxygen supplies looked after her.
Dov admitted that there were some 'dark moments' during Lily's recovery, but that his great-grandmother is now '100%'.
'She has always been very positive. She is just a real survivor and a fighter and has been from a young age,' he added.
Lily Ebert celebrated her first walk outside in a month (pictured) after making her incredible recovery from Covid-19
Lily (pictured second from right) was just a teenager when she was liberated from a Nazi death march in 1945
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'.
She left for Switzerland in June 1945 after she was liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp, having 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 died before the Allies arrived.
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' (pictured)
Dov took to Twitter in a bid to try and reveal the US soldier who liberated his great-grandmother (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.
Dov 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.
The Auschwitz museum marked 75 years in January since the most infamous Nazi death camp was liberated in early 1945.
She told hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan (both pictured) to 'chose' to be positive in the face of adversity, and to do what we can to keep others safe against the virus
Despite German efforts to cover up evidence of their crimes against humanity, the Red Army found horrific piles of corpses at Auschwitz along with 7,000 survivors.
Almost a million Jews were killed at the camp, along with tens of thousands of others including Poles, gypsies and Soviet prisoners of war.
Lily was transported there from her native Hungary, which was occupied by the Nazis in 1944. Hungarian authorities collaborated with the Nazis and rounded up Jews in urban ghettos before deporting them to Auschwitz.
More than 500,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered or died of maltreatment, historians estimate - around two-thirds of the country's Jewish population.
Previously speaking about how much the banknote from the US soldier meant to her, she told Sky News: 'We had not a piece of paper, we had nothing, you cannot know that, you cannot explain it, especially today.'
She continued: 'People cannot understand humans being without anything - you had the rug that you had on your body and that was it.'