Lilli Szkolny was born in Munich on 5 June 1906 to Frieda and Franz Szkolny. She was a well-known illustrator and photographer who lived and worked in Berlin in the 1930s. She featured in the anthology Die Wunschkiste: The Best Stories, Games, and Riddles from the Children's Pages of the C.V.-Zeitung published in Berlin in 1936. (The Children’s Pages was a supplement to the newspaper of the Centralverein der deutschen Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens [Central Association for German Citizens of Jewish Faith].) In late 1938, just after Kristallnacht, she was commissioned by ORT to document activities at the Berlin ORT school. The resulting photos are in the archive and can be viewed in full within the Germany photo gallery [see images].
She was married to Franz Weiner, who was arrested by the Nazis in 1939 and held at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where he died in January 1940.
Lilli Szkolny was deported from Berlin on 15 August 1942 to the Riga ghetto, where she perished on 18 August 1942.