THE MUSEUM OF FAMILY HISTORY presents
The Life of Nina Finkelstein
RECOLLECTIONS OF A FRIEND
In the 1930s, Ozer became a member of the Duma and was quite a prominent figure in Lithuania. He taught law, and a physio classmate of mine, Sarah Shillingovsky, told me that her father was a student of Nina’s father.
The family was quite affluent, taking frequent trips to Paris and many beach resorts. The 1925 photograph of Nina, taken when she was five years old, looks like she is wearing designer clothes from Paris.
Ozer died sometime in the 1930s, and Nina kept his photos and obviously had a very close relationship with him.
When she was a teenager,
Nina had a boy friend, Adja Anshell. In 1940 or 1941, when the Germans
were approaching Lithuania, Adja was able to get a visa for himself and
his mother from Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Kovno. He wanted
Nina to go with him, but she refused because her mother was dying of
breast cancer and her grandmother was old and wouldn’t have been able to
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