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Lolli's Apple by Tomas Fleischmann

Single Mum Book Review

Lolliís Apple

By Tomas Fleischmann

Lolliís Apple by Tomas Fleischmann, is a book of the can't-put-it-down variety - an engrossing read, but not excessively long.

A memoir of a young boy's innocent view of the Holocaust during the last years of World War 2, Lolli's Apple is written from the perspective of 6yo Tomas, who along with his pregnant Mother Lolli, experience all the horrors of transportation to first Auschwitz, and then finally Terezinstadt concentration camp.

With death all around them, Tomas's resilience and ability to adapt, and his Mother's resolve to keep her little family (later including newborn, Peter) alive is nothing less than astounding.

"There is no greater love in the world, than a mother's love for her children" cites the now-elderly Tomas, with this fitting tribute to Lolli - his mother who during one of the most hazardous periods in Jewish History achieved the almost impossible - keeping her children alive in a camp where 16,000 children perished and only 123 survived.

Stop Press! Lolliís Apple by Tomas Fleischmann is also now a winner of an international Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award

Lolliís Apple by Tomas Fleischmann is available online at the Book Depository, and leading bookstores

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Thomas Fleischmann

About the Author

Author Tomas Fleischmann

Tomas Fleischmann was born in what is now Slovakia on 27 June 1938. Tomas is one of only 123 survivors of 16,000 children who went through Terezin Concentration Camp during WWII. He and his pregnant mother Lolli survived arrest, internment at Szered Camp, transportation to Auschwitz and internment at Terezin where Lolli gave birth to another son Peter.

Tomas, his mother Lolli and his brother Peter later migrated to Australia where Tomas changed his name to Tom Fleming.

Tom later attended Parramatta High School in Sydney and practiced an illustrious career in textiles. He has also won several national awards for his inventions. Tom now lives in Sydney with his wife Caroline and their 8 children. He is 72 and rides a motorcycle and races yachts in his spare time!

Tom is a regular speaker about his holocaust experience with Courage to Care a major anti-bullying project of Bínai Bírith that his visited schools and communities across regional and metro Australia reaching almost 250,000 people.

Tom is also a member of the Child Survivor Group in Sydney.

You can read more about Tom at the Lolli's Apple website here

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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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