Penina Krupitsky
Penina Krupitsky
  • July 13, 1924 - April 30, 2017
  • Little Rock, Arkansas

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Penina (Nina) Krupitsky, 92, of Little Rock died on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Born in Chernovitz, Romania, Nina was only 15 when the area was occupied by the USSR and 17 when she had to flee Nazi invaders. Nina was a Holocaust survivor and while serving as an interpreter during World War II, she met her husband of 64 years, Emmanuel. When she came to the USA, Nina started the Knowing Our Past Foundation, dedicated to teaching lessons of the Holocaust and other acts of intolerance. She was a caring and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who described her incredible journey in the book "The Broken Vase".

She leaves to cherish her memory, her son Michael (Galina) Krupitsky of Little Rock and her daughter Asya (Bernard) Lewis of Dover, Delaware; her grandchildren Eugene (Darcy) Krupitsky, Daniel Krupitsky; David Lewis, Diana Lewis; great grandchildren Rylee, Eli and Caroline Krupitsky and many friends, who all will miss her dearly.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at Temple B'Nai Israel in Little Rock with Rabbi Barry Block officiating. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to Temple B'nai Israel Vogel Caring and Sharing Fund, 3700 N. Rodney Parham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212; to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, P.O. Box 1568 Merrifield, Virginia 22116 or to Hospice Home Care, 2200 S. Bowman Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211.