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Tutti's Promise

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 234 pages
Published April 24th 2017 by MBPublishing
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Marta Tandori
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tutti’s Promise is a poignant and at times, heartbreaking, true account of one family’s ordeal of survival during the Holocaust in the Netherlands. The story is told through the eyes of the Lichtenstern’s eldest child, Tutti, and what gives the book even more impact is the array of old family photos and documents saved by the Lichtenstern family. The book is written by Tutti’s daughter, K. Heidi Fishman, and targets young readers.

Heinz Lichtenstern, his wife, Margret, and their young daughter, R
A well-written memoir for the pre-teen or sensitive teen reader. I will be sharing it among my friends, and then donating it to a local library.

Tutti’s Promise was written by Tutti’s daughter; Tutti herself still travels to schools to relate her experiences.

Tutti’s family is among the fortunate who survived the holocaust. I am sure they went through much more than is recounted here, and would read the grown-up version if it is ever written.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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I like to mark Holocaust Memorial Day by reading a book about the Holocaust; K. Heidi Fishman's biography of her mother, Tutti, was my choice for 2017. I must admit that it was not at all what I was expecting. Throughout, I had the feeling that it was far more tailored to a younger audience; whilst the writing was not really dumbed down, a lot of the earlier chapters felt too simplistic for an adult to read. It took a while for me to find Tutti's Promise engaging, but it did pick up a bit. Whils ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received from NetGalley for review.

‘I hope you learned something from my story. It’s a story of hope and perseverance. It’s a story of courage and compassion and luck. Most of all, it’s a story that reminds us that we must never forget what prejudice and hatred can lead to if we don’t confront them together.’ – Tutti Lichtenstern Fishman

Tutti’s Promise is an account of Tutti (Ruth) and her family’s experience of being Jewish in the Netherlands during WWII. Having already left Germany for Amst
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I struggled with my rating because "Tutti" or as I refer to her Mrs. Fishman has been a guest speaker at my school for over 6 years. She is an amazing person and the students love to hear her story of survival. The story she tells in about an hour and differs year to year. The book written by her daughter fills in a lot of the gaps. The research it took to accurately complete the memories of a young girl is more than impressive. I really enjoyed how smoothly the plot comes together and I will en ...more
Patti L. Kommel
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a poignant, personal family mother-in-law has spoken as well as a survivor to children. Hit home from the moment that you opened the book, on what it felt like as a child to live through that time period. The lost childhood, the instant growing up that had to be achieved and enforced was incredible to read. Makes you think how would I handle this, whom would I trust, would I be able to continue surviving. I want to say that I could but this gives you pause. Beautifully written.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad more first hand accounts are coming out in recent years. Not to in anyway dismiss Anne Franks diary, but I think other perspectives are important. This book was just as remarkable and just as heart-stopping. There just aren't enough words to express the horror of history. These survivor tales are so important, they need to be told to everyone.
I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A moving story told from the dual perspective of a child and of genuine historical evidence.

The first-person narrative of a child sheltered as much as possible from the barbarity of occupation and imprisonment is very poignant, paticularly as the reader understands so much more of the situation with the benefit of historical hindsight.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Tutti's Promise is a wonderful book for familiarizing children with the actual experience of internment in concentration camps during the Holocaust. This book would be a great companion piece for the classic Anne Frank's Diary, providing us with the personal experience of Tutti Lichtenstern, a little girl who lived through the Holocaust imprisoned at first Westerbork and then at Theresienstadt. Tutti, or Ruth, who no
Janilyn Kocher
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although this book may be targeted toward a younger reading audience, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's considered a novel, but the author used numerous family photographs and documents to tell her mother's family's story during World War II. The family was extremely lucky to survive the war with their nuclear family intact, especially considering it included two small children. The ingenuity of the family was remarkable. Holocaust survivor stories become more precious and cherished as each day pass ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Moving, memorable and compelling. Written by the main character's daughter, this is the true story of a young Jewish girl (Tutti) and her family who experienced life under Nazi rule in Holland. It brings to life the reality of what happened to their family and to other Jewish families at that time.
An inspiring story of family, hope, and redemption. I love that this story is told from the perspective of a young girl (the author's mother). I guess you don't realize how different an experience a horrible time is for adults and children. Tutti's parents do their best to keep the unexplainable truth from their children. Tutti's family maintains a strenth and faith that not many could sustain. Tutti's story will surprise you. I have had the privilege of meeting Eva Mozes Kor. I would love to me ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A truly inspiring story of a brace family during the Holocaust. I have no doubts that Tutti's Promise will be as thought provoking as Anne Frank's Diary. An essential read for all older children learning about WW2.
January Gray
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for those interested in this time of History. Tragic, heartbreaking and truly remarkable.
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Heidi Fishman’s painstaking research of her family’s experience pays off in this powerful story of her mother, uncle, and  grandparents' survival of Word War Two and the Holocaust.  Heidi’s grandfather uses his business brilliance and connections to keep his family safe, and quite possibly contribute to the German’s building unsafe military airplanes and land vehicles.  Her grandmother's instincts and wit keeps her family safe as she tries to keep their fears at bay.  However, it is Tutti’s abil
Anne Day
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A moving fictionalized account of the author's mother's experiences during the Holocaust. While appropriate for middle school students, the book includes realistic details of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam and the Westerbork and Theresienstadt camps. The wealth of family photographs and images of actual documents that accompany the narrative, such as the picture of Tutti leaving for her "date" with her uncle and the transport list to Auschwitz that includes her maternal grandparents, make the s ...more
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Based on a family story, this book offers a valuable contribution to the history of the Shoah in Europe, particularly The Netherlands. It can be used in middle schools classes for teaching about Shoah, but it is generally a recommended read to anyone that want to know more about the tragic episodes of the fate of the world Jewry. This story of the Lichtenstern family of coping with the terrible trials of fate is one of the many examples of resilience and courage, creativity and refuse to give up ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the 1930's, Hitler has risen to power and the Jews are on the brink of losing the life they knew. Happy times spent with family and friends are disappearing. The Lichtensterns are leaving Germany and moving to Amsterdam. It is initially a good move for them but Hitler has invaded Amsterdam. They go into hiding but it doesn't last. Why? What will happen to them?

This is a nonfiction book of the holocaust seemed throu Tutti's eyes. She doesn't always understand why things were changing. She is t
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