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Nina Lederkremer

“The best thing is to be proud Jews and knowledgeable Jews. The biggest enemy is ignorance. For us Jews, ignorance is a luxury that we cannot allow. That's my message. Kinderlach, you have to learn!” – Nina Lederkremer

Nina Lederkremer's personal and professional lives were characterized by courage and resilience. Born in 1920 into a comfortable family in Poland, Nina's life was torn apart when the Nazis invaded. She escaped by fleeing to Russia and then to Asia, ending up in a displaced persons camp after the war. In 1951, she arrived in New York, where she became a Hebrew teacher. She moved to Baltimore after marrying Jack Lederkremer, a salesman, also from Poland. Although she had no children of her own, Nina nurtured generations of students at Chizuk Amuno Congregation by pouring her passion for Judaism and teaching into their lives. Nina was also active in Hadassah and provided translation services to newly arrived Russian Jews. Nina Lederkremer passed away on December 30, 2002.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Nina Lederkremer." (Viewed on August 1, 2014) <http://jwa.org/communitystories/baltimore/narrators/lederkremer-nina>.

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