has passed away
At June 18, 2018 our Assosiation received a following letter from Glenn Richter:
Enid Wurtman informs us that former refusenik and prisoner of Zion Nadia Fradkova has passed
The Jewish Women's Archive provides the short bio below.
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Fradkova's parents divorced when she was very young. She lived with
her mother in a small town near Moscow. Although her mother was
Russian, Nadia was considered a Jew because her father was Jewish.
She did not know what the word
meant until she was taunted at school by the other children.
the time her mother was able to comfort her, but as she grew older,
she found it more and more difficult to deal with the antisemitism
she seemed to encounter at every turn. Yet when she decided to
emigrate, she discovered she could not leave the country without her
parents' consent and neither was willing to give permission.
Without their permission, she could not even apply for an exit visa.
insistence on emigrating led to hunger strikes and long stays in a
labor camp and a psychiatric hospital. She was unable to leave the
country until the Soviet Union collapsed and restrictions on
emigration ended. She settled in Israel for a few years and then made
her way to the Boston area.