Based on the true story of Hinda Mondlak and her daring escape from Auschwitz with her younger sister
— By Sherry Maysonave and Moises J. Goldman
Release Date: June 2023
“As a student of the Holocaust and one who interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah History Foundation, I thought I had heard it all. Now, I know I was wrong. This is not your ordinary Holocaust story. Do yourself a favor. Find out for yourself.”
Founder and CEO, LifeStories Alive, LLC
Holocaust Survivors Interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah History Foundation
Symbolism of “The Spoons”
The spoon used on the cover to form the Star of David is a photograph of Hinda’s Auschwitz spoon. This artful design represents a powerful and meaningful symbol of Hinda’s faith and amazing triumph.
Tatae’s Promise: You will live… you will tell is based on eleven audio tapes recorded by Hinda Mondlak Goldman, the mother of co-author Moises J. Goldman, in the months prior to her death in 1985. Speaking in Yiddish and Spanish, Hinda chronicles her torture at the hands of the Nazis, her escape from Auschwitz, her subsequent travails, her fear of Russian soldiers, her search for true love, and her immigration to Mexico City.
Rich in history, this book does not shy away from describing the heinous atrocities and despicable living conditions that were forced upon Hinda and millions of people—Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Romani people, and homosexuals—under the reign of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi regime. Six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. That reflects the number of those accounted for and does not innumerate the millions of Jews who were persecuted and displaced. The estimated total killed by the Nazi regime nears fourteen million.
Why is this book timely and important?
Today, decades after the world was shocked and horrified by the mass genocide and unjust persecution during Hitler’s reign, millions of people still suffer, living under dictatorial regimes. Additionally, millions of people continue to be innocent victims of brutal wars or civil conflicts, often facing routine hatred, racism, starvation, ethnic or religious suppression, arrest, atrocities, and even genocide.
The world needs more engaging literary works that expose these perils and highlight inspirational and timeless themes. Tatae’s Promise, based on actual events, achieves exactly that objective. The book tells the real-life story of a young woman’s almost unimaginable courage and determination to survive in the face of what seemed to be insurmountable horrors. In the end, Hinda Mondlak triumphs. Moreover, throughout the story, she experiences countless miracles engendered by her bold, irrepressible spirit, her faith, and her fierce love of family.