Lily Freeman was an artist, and Holocaust survivor. Born in Vienna to Jewish parents Ella and Hans Moritz Fischer, Lily was just 18 when the German troops marched into Austria. Her father, who had served as a major in the Austrian army, did not believe the family would be harmed by Hitler’s new regime but they soon discovered otherwise.
Lily left Austria in 1938 and went to Amsterdam. In 1940 Lily fled to England, and was imprisoned as an enemy alien, eventually released in 1942. Lily married a fellow Austrian and became an artist in her 40s, painting prolifically. She worked in a number of private collections and lectured in Fine Art for the University of the Third Age. She exhibited extensively in England and abroad.