Lilly Maier is a historian and freelance journalist. Originally from Europe, she switches between writing in English and German.
From 2015 to 2017, Lilly lived in New York, where she was a Fulbright grantee attending the Magazine Journalism program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism School at New York University. She received an MA from NYU in December 2016. Lilly also previously studied history at the University of Munich and journalism at American University in Washington, DC. Currently, Lilly is a doctoral candidate at the University of Munich, where she writes about female rescuers of Jews during the Shoah.
In 2018, Lilly published Arthur und Lilly, the biography of a Holocaust survivor who—as a boy in the 1930s—used to live in the same Viennese apartment that she moved to as a child in the 1990s. The book was published in German, and Lilly is currently working on an English translation (see English-subtitled book trailer here). In 2021, she published her book Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder!, the biography of Austrian educator Ernst Papanek, who rescued hundreds of children during WW2.
During the US presidential election, Lilly blogged from a New York perspective (Lady Liberty Votes), produced the NYU Election Night Newscast, worked in the Washington bureau of the Columbus Dispatch, and wrote for the Forward, a Jewish daily based in New York.
In 2013, she interned at PolitiFact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking site in Washington, DC. An article she wrote about an Obamacare chain email was PolitiFact’s second most read article of the year and shared over 50,000 times on Facebook.
Right now, Lilly is writing for the German news magazine FOCUS Online as well as Die Stadtspionin (“Cityspottergirl”). In spring 2015, her first book was published: Mach’s einfach!, a guide to the vibrant do-it-yourself scene in Vienna.