K Heidi Fishman
While Heidi 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, Bethesda) 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 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 numerous other awards.
Heidi speaks to schools and community groups in order to teach about the perils of prejudice and bigotry. She has made multiple visits to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC to sign copies of Tutti’s Promise. Pre-Covid, she travelled throughout the US. In this time of Covid, she presents remotely.
She lives in Vermont with her husband and an aging border terrier. When she isn’t staying home due to Covid safety measures she likes to travel and discover new places and meet new people.