Visiting Nijole Brazenaite-Paronetto

We recently visited our dear friend and supporter Nijolė Bražėnaitė-Paronetto at her home in New York. Nijole is an accomplished pathologist and scholar, and is also known for being part of a notable family: she is the widow of legendary Lithuanian partisan Juozas Lukša-Daumantas, and daughter of Konstancija Bražėnienė, who was awarded the Yad Vashem Medal of the Righteous Among the Nations for protecting Jewish children during the holocaust in Lithuania. Needless to say, Nijolė has some incredible stories to tell.

More photos here.

Nijole and twin sister Vida

Nijole and twin sister Vida

Nijolė and her sister Vida in 1939.

Juozas Lukša-Daumantas.

Juozas Lukša-Daumantas.

Konstancija Bražėnienė on Christmas Eve in Siberia (1950), where she spent decades in exile. 

Konstancija Bražėnienė on Christmas Eve in Siberia (1950), where she spent decades in exile.