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Vilma Newman Rubinstein
RUBINSTEIN, Vilma Newman Vilma Newman Rubinstein of Farmington passed away on Wednesday, (July 15, 2009). She was born on March 25, 1915, in Czechoslovakia, came to the United States in March, 1954, and lived in the Hartford area since 1957. She was the widow of Rabbi Ernest Rubinstein. As a young adult she was brought to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and managed to survive that ordeal using her linguistic skills in nine different languages. After gaining her freedom, she married and lived in Czechoslovakia until the Communist regime took over at which time she and her husband and daughter immigrated to Israel as it became a state. When permission to come to the United States was realized, the family first lived in New York City, then Worcester, MA, and finally Hartford. She was an expert, self-taught tailor who was adept at invisible weaving. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Helena and Richard Stoltz of Farmington, her grandchildren, Jason (and Melissa) Stoltz of New York City and Rebecca (and Dr. Joseph) Tiano of Boston and a great-grandson, Jacob Stoltz of New York City. She also leaves her sister, Renka Rosenthal in Israel and four nephews. A private burial service was held on July 16. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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