With 90,000 followers to her name, 97-year-old Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert was a victim of antisemitic hate on TikTok recently. Her crime? Wishing everyone “Shabbat Shalom”.
As spiteful incidents against Jews continue to be on a rise, it seems the online community has no regard for a 97-year-old holocaust survivor either. On May 14, instead of one speaking about her usual experiences in Auschwitz, Ebert delivered a simple message for 90,000 followers from her London home: “Wishing you a lovely, peaceful weekend,” she said, and repeated a similar wish in Hungarian, her native language. She added “Shabbat Shalom.”
Soon afterward, her account was flooded with hateful messages, and many TikTok users started wrongly accusing her of being responsible for the military conflict between Israel and Hamas that broke out May 9 and ended last week.
Some of the despicable comments read: “Happy Holocaust,” “Ask her if she thinks the treatment of Palestinians reminds her [of] the treatment she got in the camp,” “Peace be upon Hitler”, and more.
Reacting to this, Eberts great-grandson Dov Forman, who helped her create the TikTok account said on Twitter, “Over the past few days my great Grandmother (Auschwitz survivor) 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.”