Mrs. Penina Geller Krupitsky

July 13, 1924April 30, 2017

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.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mrs. Penina Geller Krupitsky

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James Metzger

May 3, 2017


Deborah, Anisa, and I offer our condolences to you and the family, amid many wonderful memories of Nina and her work with the Knowing Our Past Foundation.

In sympathy,

Jim Metzger

Shelia Murberger

May 3, 2017

My prayers are with your family. I had the pleasure of working with her and Mr. Phillip McMath on her book. She was truly a remarkable woman. I admire her strength and perseverance.

nancy mahler

May 3, 2017

So very sorry to hear that Nina is no longer with us. I had hoped to see her at the Jewish Food Festival. We looked for her.... Condolences to the family, and, to her many friends. She will live, through her book, and, in the fond memories of all who knew her. ... ... Nancy & Jennifer Mahler

Betsy Meacham

May 2, 2017

Nina was one of a kind and she touched so many lives. I cannot express how lucky I am to have known her . She had the best twinkle in her eye and overcame more adversity without feeling sorry for herself. I will cherish her memory !!!

Staff of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home

April 30, 2017

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.