Popje and Me


Something very special happened this week. Tutti and Popje were reunited! Popje had been living at the Museum of Jewish Civilization (MJC) at the University of Hartford for about five years. The MJC had a wonderful exhibit “Hartford Remembers the Holocaust” in which several local Holocaust survivor stories were told through pictures, documents, artifacts, and…


OMG I repeat to myself. When will it stop?

Hate is Our Enemy

Tuesday evening I went to the HeartStorm Farmstead where gracious owners Kim and Mike, Rabbi Raskin from Chabad of Southern VT, and Baltic Truth Holocaust Documentary, were hosting Holocaust survivor Elly Gotz, who was there to tell his miraculous story of survival. Gotz was 13 years old and living in Kovno (Kaunas) Lithuania when war…

From Švihov to Vermont

I have received another interesting email. Dear Mr. [sic] Rabbi Ilene Harkavy Haigh, Dear Mrs. Heidi Fishman,Last week our town has been visited by our native born Mrs. Nina Weil-Pelc again. Since 1968 she’s been living in Zurick, Switzerland. We were pleased about her wanting to see her birthplace again and being in a good…


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About this blog

I wrote this blog while I was researching, writing, and publishing Tutti’s Promise. The posts take you through the twists and turns of my discoveries, surprises, making new friends, and confronting the harsh reality of the history I uncovered.

Tutti’s doll, Popje

Popje (pronounced POP-ya, means “Dolly” in Dutch) was given to Tutti on her ninth birthday while she was a prisoner at the Nazi transit camp Westerbork.

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