K. HEIDI FISHMAN

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Author(s): K. HEIDI FISHMAN
Publisher: MB Publishing
ISBN-10: 0990843017
ISBN-13: 978-0990843016
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Category: Middle Grade

Tutti's Promise

Synopsis:

A promise kept is like the twinkling stars in the night sky . . . a constant reminder of something important that makes you who you are.

Can nine-year-old Tutti keep a promise—and a secret? Her family’s life may depend on it.

In the early 1930s, life for the Jews is on the brink of ruin: Hitler has come to power, and the golden memories of happy times are fading fast. One young couple, Margret and Heinz Lichtenstern, decide to flee Germany with their parents and daughter, Tutti. They move to Amsterdam, where Heinz is able to continue his work . . . and where there seems to be hope for the future. Two years later, Tutti’s brother is born, and the family is prospering. But then Germany invades the Netherlands. And in the pre-dawn hours of May 10, 1940, the Lichtensterns suddenly learn that they have not moved far enough.

This is the true story of what the Lichtensterns endured under the Nazis. Told by Tutti’s daughter, Heidi, and filled with historical documents and photos, it vividly recreates how one family conquered fear and heartbreak to survive. Theirs is a tale of both unimaginable devastation and lucky surprises—raids, sabotage, helpful friends and strangers, and a very special gift.

One family. One remarkable story. And in the end . . . a promise kept.
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L.B. Schulman said on 10/23/2017:
Holocaust stories are so important to children, especially in this age when their attentions are being diverted in so many ways. Thanks for bringing history alive for readers.
Lucy Grimm said on 10/19/2017:
This sounds like a awesome story, congrats and good luck
Terri DeGezelle said on 10/17/2017:
Can't wait to get my hands on this title.
Carol Riggs said on 10/16/2017:
Wow, this looks really powerful, and a story that needs to be told. Best wishes!

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In 2007, at the age of seventy-two, my mother began speaking to school groups about her experiences during the Holocaust. Since then, thousands of students have listened to her presentation. When my mother speaks, I watch the children. They are captivated. Often, they have tears in their eyes. Some have read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Others have read Night by Elie Wiesel. They are studying World War II and the Holocaust in school, but the woman who is standing in front of their class lived through it. The students listen quietly, without fidgeting. They are respectful and truly honored to have her as a guest speaker. These young people are among the last generation that will hear survivors or witnesses of the Holocaust like my mother. Tutti’s Promise will ensure that her story is never forgotten.






A promise kept is like the twinkling stars in the night sky . . . a constant reminder of something important that makes you who you are.

Can nine-year-old Tutti keep a promise—and a secret? Her family’s life may depend on it.

In the early 1930s, life for the Jews is on the brink of ruin: Hitler has come to power, and the golden memories of happy times are fading fast. One young couple, Margret and Heinz Lichtenstern, decide to flee Germany with their parents and daughter, Tutti. They move to Amsterdam, where Heinz is able to continue his work . . . and where there seems to be hope for the future. Two years later, Tutti’s brother is born, and the family is prospering. But then Germany invades the Netherlands. And in the pre-dawn hours of May 10, 1940, the Lichtensterns suddenly learn that they have not moved far enough.

This is the true story of what the Lichtensterns endured under the Nazis. Told by Tutti’s daughter, Heidi, and filled with historical documents and photos, it vividly recreates how one family conquered fear and heartbreak to survive. Theirs is a tale of both unimaginable devastation and lucky surprises—raids, sabotage, helpful friends and strangers, and a very special gift.

One family. One remarkable story. And in the end . . . a promise kept.
K. Heidi Fishman won the 2015 Joseph Zola Memorial Holocaust Educator Award from the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford for the book proposal that led to her debut novel, Tutti's Promise. K. Heidi Fishman grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from Williams College, she received her MA and EdD in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. A mother of four, Heidi lives in Vermont with her husband and a feisty border terrier and occasionally sees her busy teenagers.
kheidifishmanauthor@gmail.com
"Tutti's Promise is a compelling story for all readers about one family's remarkable tale of survival during the Holocaust. K. Heidi Fishman does a masterful job of weaving together Holocaust history with the account of Tutti and her family, while writing the manuscript in a style that is completely accessible for a middle-school audience. The book fills an important gap in the available literature on the subject and should reach a wide readership. Highly recommended." —Avinoam Patt, PhD, the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford

"Based on a true story, Tutti's Promise invites readers to experience one family's desperate struggle to stay together and retain their humanity during the Holocaust. Fishman's loving account is a remarkable story of luck, generosity, hope, and courage in the face of atrocity. Suitable for readers ages 10 to adult, this sensitively written and gently told novel illustrates how much the world has lost and continues to lose when targeted groups are marginalized as 'other.'" —Tom White, Coordinator of Educational Outreach, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene, New Hampshire

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tutti's Promise. It brought to life a terrible time that I also was part of. There can never be too many books on the Holocaust. Each story is a link in a broken chain. The author was very careful with her research and interviews to substantiate a family's odyssey and bring it to life. It is a true picture of the hell it was. Many pictures and documents punctuate the book like a beating drum whose voice insists to be heard. I highly recommend this book for any age." —Inge Auerbacher: Child survivor of Terezin concentration camp. Author of I AM A STAR -- Child of the Holocaust and five other books.

"This artfully cast two-hundred-page novel is a superb portrayal of one family's courage, resilience, and fortitude during the Holocaust. It is the true story of the Lichtensterns, a close-knit German-Jewish family, who settle in Amsterdam in the thirties, hoping to avoid Nazi persecution. . . . Indeed, the great virtue of Tutti's Promise is that author, K. Heidi Fishman (Tutti's daughter), does not linger on horror, but has presented the family overcoming these grave obstacles in the context of hope. That perfectly rendered balance makes this book a fine choice for fourth to eighth graders. —Mary Beth Klee, Core Virtues

"Relevant and important . . . K. Heidi Fishman tells the true story of her family's struggle to stay together and stay alive during man's darkest period in history. Every Holocaust story should be told, and this one is done well, with heart, and through the sweet innocence of a child's eyes. Tutti's Promise will linger long after you've put down the book." —Rhonda Fink-Whitman, author of 94 Maidens, creator of The Mandate Video, and national Holocaust education advocate

In 2007, at the age of seventy-two, my mother began speaking to school groups about her experiences during the Holocaust. Since then, thousands of students have listened to her presentation. When my mother speaks, I watch the children. They are captivated. Often, they have tears in their eyes. Some have read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Others have read Night by Elie Wiesel. They are studying World War II and the Holocaust in school, but the woman who is standing in front of their class lived through it. The students listen quietly, without fidgeting. They are respectful and truly honored to have her as a guest speaker. These young people are among the last generation that will hear survivors or witnesses of the Holocaust like my mother. Tutti’s Promise will ensure that her story is never forgotten.

    Guestbook Comments
    L.B. Schulman said on October 23, 2017:
    Holocaust stories are so important to children, especially in this age when their attentions are being diverted in so many ways. Thanks for bringing history alive for readers.

    Lucy Grimm said on October 19, 2017:
    This sounds like a awesome story, congrats and good luck

    Terri DeGezelle said on October 17, 2017:
    Can't wait to get my hands on this title.

    Carol Riggs said on October 16, 2017:
    Wow, this looks really powerful, and a story that needs to be told. Best wishes!

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