Holo­caust sur­vivor to speak Tues­day

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.