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Lily Ebert, a 99-year old author and activist who survived Auschwitz, received one of the top awards in the UK on Friday when she was added to King Charles III’s first New year’s honours list.

Ebert was awarded the honor of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for contributing to Holocaust education, UK Daily News reported.

In 2021, Ebert became a TikTok personality after sharing videos speaking about her experiences in the Holocaust.

Ebert, who lives in London, runs a popular TikTok account where she answers questions about the Holocaust. Ebert, who was born in Bonyhad, Hungary in 1923 was deported in 1944 to Auschwitz before being sent to work in a munitions factory in Germany until being liberated. The account is run with the help of her great-grandson Dov Forman.

Forman tweeted a statement from Ebert describing how she felt the “supreme honor and privilege” of being given the award by King Charles.

“After losing my mother, my youngest sister and my youngest brother in Auschwitz, I couldn’t even imagine surviving,” Ebert said. “I was 20 years old. I am now 99 years old and accepting an award from the King. It feels like a dream – every day I have to remind myself that this is my reality and how extraordinarily lucky I am to be here.”

She explained that she felt a responsibility to speak about the horrors of the Holocaust to “ensure that the past never repeats itself.”

“Working with my great-grandson Dov over the last few years to let the world know about my story, both through social media and Lily’s Promise, has been very special,” she said. “I promised myself in Auschwitz that if I survive, I will tell my story to the world. I feel that promise is being fulfilled. However, we still have a long way to go.”

Ebert’s TikTok account, which she opened in 2021, now has approximately two million followers. She also released a memoir, Lily’s Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live. The book’s forward was written by then-Prince Charles.