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While Heidi Fishman always knew her mother and grandparents were Holocaust survivors, she didn’t start researching their story until she retired. Five years of investigation led to Tutti’s Promise (2017, MB Publishing) which, while fictionalized for the purpose of allowing conversations among characters, follows the Lichtensterns’ true story from May 10, 1940, in Amsterdam through two Nazi camps, liberation, and resettlement; the book contains a significant number of original documents.
Fishman has won the Joseph Zola Memorial Holocaust Educator Award from the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. Tutti’s Promise was designated by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council as a Notable Trade Book for Young People and has won two Silver Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Silver Nautilus Award and numerous other awards.