Holocaust survivor to speak Tuesday
NORTH HAVEN — Ruth “Tutti” Fishman will share her experiences living through the Holocaust at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Vincent’s auditorium at the Quinnipiac University Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, 370 Bassett Road.
The free lecture is part of the Anti-Defamation League’s Echoes & Reflections Holocaust education program, which is co-sponsored by Quinnipiac’s School of Education.
Echoes & Reflections has a 10-part Holocaust curriculum directed toward middle and high school teachers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. More than 125 educators have participated in the five years that Quinnipiac has presented Echoes & Reflections.
Fishman was born in 1935. She was the eldest daughter of Heinz and Margret Lichtenstern, who lived in Cologne, Germany. In early 1936, the family moved to Amsterdam, thinking it would be a safe place to live.
Fishman was 5 when the war reached Holland. She spent three years in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, seven months in the Westerbork concentration camp and nine months in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. She survived with her younger brother, her parents and her paternal grandparents.
After the war, the family resettled in Amsterdam and eventually moved to Rio de Janeiro and New York. Fishman is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She married soon after graduation and lives in West Hartford. She raised three children and has seven grandchildren.
Fishman has spoken publicly about her Holocaust experiences since 2008. In 2017, her daughter, Heidi Fishman, wrote the book, “Tutti’s Promise,” to make the story accessible to even more students.