Holocaust survivor, 96, gets Covid jab on same arm that was tattooed with her Auschwitz serial number 73 years after arriving in the UK as a refugee

  • Evelyn Lipmann, 96, arrived in Britain 73 years ago as a refugee from Austria
  • The Holocaust survivor received her Pfizer coronavirus vaccination last month 
  • Mrs Lipmann’s son Anthony praised the vaccination roll out as ‘impressive’ 

A 96-year-old Holocaust survivor has been given her coronavirus vaccination in the same arm that was tattooed with a serial number when she was in Auschwitz.

Evelyn Lipmann, who received her Pfizer jab last month, arrived in Britain 73 years ago as a refugee and has lived in Walton-On-Thames since 1957. 

Mrs Lipmann’s son Anthony praised the vaccine rollout as ‘impressive’ and said: ‘My mum couldn’t stop telling us about the efficiency of it.’

The great-grandmother’s story struck a chord with thousands of people after her son posted a tweet which was liked more than 80,000 times.

Evelyn Lipmann (pictured), who received her Pfizer jab last month, arrived in Britain 73 years ago as a refugee and has lived in Walton-On-Thames since 1957

Mrs Lipmann’s son Anthony praised the vaccine rollout as ‘impressive’ and said: ‘My mum couldn’t stop telling us about the efficiency of it.’ Pictured, Mrs Lipmann with her children Anthony and Kate in 1958

It said: ‘My mother, 96, survivor of Leopoldstadt, Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Belsen, Salzwedel, who received sanctuary in Britain in 1947, just received the Pfizer vaccine in Walton town centre. Thank you Britain.’

Mr Lipmann said his mother was happy the tweet raised awareness of her story because she ‘had been silent for most of her life on this matter’, and recently realised she was one of the few remaining survivors.

‘We’ve been shown a lot of love and good wishes.’ he added.

Mrs Lipmann has lived in the same house for more than 60 years and counts Odette Hallowes – an agent for the United Kingdom’s clandestine Special Operations Executive in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War – as one of her neighbours. 

Mrs Lipmann’s son Anthony praised the vaccine rollout as ‘impressive’ and said: ‘My mum couldn’t stop telling us about the efficiency of it.’ Pictured, the Auschwitz tattoo

In her 50s the mother-of-two managed to complete her degree with the Open University – receiving a bachelor of arts with honours. Pictured with her certificate

Mrs Lipmann with her son, Anthony. The great-grandmother’s story struck a chord with thousands of people after her son posted a tweet which was liked more than 80,000 times

Mr Lipmann said the two were never acquainted. ‘She didn’t fit in in some ways. She had no small talk left. People wouldn’t have understood either. That’s another reason for being quiet, nearly all of her life, until now,’ he added.

Mrs Lipmann is pictured months after her liberation in 1945

‘She’s getting towards the end, and thinking “I do need to let people know that this ordinary person, an ordinary housewife in Walton-On-Thames, in an ordinary street, needs to speak”.’

Mr Lipmann said his mother’s faith in humanity was slowly restored after coming to Britain. ‘My mum didn’t used to like humanity a lot,’ he said.

‘But as she got older and started to use a stick, a marvellous change came over her because suddenly she found that people would open doors for her, or people would stop if she was crossing the road, or people would give her a seat.’

‘We’re talking about someone who has taken many years to heal and has not fully healed,’ he added.

As a young girl, Mrs Lipmann had ‘loved’ attending art classes in Vienna, where she grew up, but she was cruelly ‘outed’ as a Jew by a classmate, forcing the teacher to stop the lessons. 

Jewish families were placed under house arrest in Austria in 1938, and Viennese Jews were moved to the ghetto of Leopoldstadt by the early 1940’s.

Mrs Lipmann will welcome her next great-grandchild later this month. Pictured with a children’s book she will gift the baby

Evelyn Lipmann with her great-grandson, Leo. Mrs Lipmann has lived in the same house for more than 60 years

Picture of Evelyn’s Liberation card. Mr Lipmann said his mother was happy the tweet raised awareness of her story because she ‘had been silent for most of her life on this matter’, and recently realised she was one of the few remaining survivors

In her 50s, the mother-of-two managed to complete her degree with the Open University – receiving a bachelor of arts with honours.

Mr Lipmann said: ‘She reached these blessed shores having suffered almost the worst that mankind can do to people. 

‘She has loved living where she is, thanks to this country she is still there. And she has now been given a vaccination which means life to her, means she might live long enough to see her next great-grandchild, who is to be produced later this month by my niece, Georgina. She feels very lucky, very grateful and thankful.’

‘She’s very tough, it’s what made her survive and I’m an admirer.’

‘Mum doesn’t have a reason as to why she survived, she said it was luck, but she also said whenever there was an opportunity, they volunteered. She kept moving and kept working.’ 

The Nazis’ concentration and extermination camps in Poland: The factories of death used to slaughter millions 

Auschwitz-Birkenau, near the town of Oswiecim, in what was then occupied Poland

Auschwitz-Birkenau was a concentration and extermination camp used by the Nazis during World War Two.

The camp, which was located in Nazi-occupied Poland, was made up of three main sites.

Auschwitz I, the original concentration camp, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, a combined concentration and extermination camp and Auschwitz III–Monowitz, a labour camp, with a further 45 satellite sites.

Auschwitz, pictured in 1945, was liberated by Soviet troops 76 years ago on Wednesday after around 1.1million people were murdered at the Nazi extermination camp 

Auschwitz was an extermination camp used by the Nazis in Poland to murder more than 1.1 million Jews

Birkenau became a major part of the Nazis’ ‘Final Solution’, where they sought to rid Europe of Jews.

An estimated 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, of whom at least 1.1 million died – around 90 percent of which were Jews.

Since 1947, it has operated as Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which in 1979 was named a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Treblinka, near a village of the same name, outside Warsaw in Nazi-occupied Poland

Unlike at other camps, where some Jews were assigned to forced labor before being killed, nearly all Jews brought to Treblinka were immediately gassed to death.

Only a select few – mostly young, strong men, were spared from immediate death and assigned to maintenance work instead.

Unlike at other camps, where some Jews were assigned to forced labour before being killed, nearly all Jews brought to Treblinka were immediately gassed to death

The death toll at Treblinka was second only to Auschwitz. In just 15 months of operation – between July 1942 and October 1943 – between 700,000 and 900,000 Jews were murdered in its gas chambers.

Exterminations stopped at the camp after an uprising which saw around 200 prisoners escape. Around half of them were killed shortly afterwards, but 70 are known to have survived until the end of the war.

Belzec, near the station of the same name in Nazi-occupied Poland

Belzec operated from March 1942 until the end of June 1943. It was built specifically as an extermination camp as part of Operation Reinhard.

Polish, German, Ukrainian and Austrian Jews were all killed there. In total, around 600,000 people were murdered.

The camp was dismantled in 1943 and the site was disguised as a fake farm.

Belzec operated from March 1942 until the end of June 1943. It was built specifically as an extermination camp as part of Operation Reinhard

Sobibor, near the village of the same name in Nazi-occupied Poland

Sobibor was named after its closest train station, at which Jews disembarked from extremely crowded carriages, unsure of their fate. 

Jews from Poland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the Soviet Union were killed in three gas chambers fed by the deadly fumes of a large petrol engine taken from a tank. 

An estimated 200,000 people were killed in the camp. Some estimations put the figure at 250,000. 

This would place Sobibor as the fourth worst extermination camp – in terms of number of deaths – after Belzec, Treblinka and Auschwitz. 

Sobibor was named after its closest train station, at which Jews disembarked from extremely crowded carriages, unsure of their fate

The camp was located about 50 miles from the provincial Polish capital of Brest-on-the-Bug. Its official German name was SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor.

Prisoners launched a heroic escape on October 14 1943 in which 600 men, women and children succeeded in crossing the camp’s perimeter fence.

Of those, only 50 managed to evade capture. It is unclear how many crossed into allied territory.

Chelmno (also known as Kulmhof), in Nazi-occupied Poland

Chelmno was the first of Nazi Germany’s camps built specifically for extermination. 

It operated from December 1941 until April 1943 and then again from June 1944 until January 1945. 

Between 152,000 and 200,000 people, nearly all of whom were Jews, were killed there.  

Chelmno was the first of Nazi Germany’s camps built specifically for extermination. It operated from December 1941 until April 1943 and then again from June 1944 until January 1945

Majdanek (also known simply as Lublin), built on outskirts of city of Lublin in Nazi-occupied Poland

Majdanek was initially intended for forced labour but was converted into an extermination camp in 1942. 

It had seven gas chambers as well as wooden gallows where some victims were hanged.

In total, it is believed that as many as 130,000 people were killed there. 

Majdanek (pictured in 2005) was initially intended for forced labour but was converted into an extermination camp in 1942

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