In 1944, Elena “Ica” Kalina, her sister and parents were rounded up from their home in Hungary and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Her parents were sent to the gas chambers immediately. The sisters were sent for forced labor at a munitions factory in a sub-camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. At night in their barracks, Kalina and the other women prisoners would talk about their favorite recipes, and Kalina recorded them with a small pencil and slips of paper from trash baskets that she’d been able to steal. Kalina survived, and so did the 600 recipes. She moved to Czechoslovakia, married, and immigrated with her husband to Minnesota, where she kept the scraps of paper in a tin box in a closet. Now, in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Kalina’s daughter Eva Moreimi has published Hidden Recipes , a book about her mother’s life, including the recipes. (https://evamoreimi.com/)
Nikki and Cheryl Bart describe themselves as the “Forest Gumps” of mountaineering. The Seven Summits wasn’t something they’d always dreamed of – they weren’t even sure it was something they could do at all. ( Isabella Lamshed - Australian Geographic Adventure 2018) “We climbed one and thought ‘that went well! I guess we can climb the next!’” says Nikki.
“The 1963 James Bond film title, “From Russia with Love,” aptly describes the dynamic, art-savvy duo of Leeza and her mother Olga Arkhangelskaya, owners of Gallery on Fifth and East West Fine Art in Naples.” Today, mother and daughter share daily operational duties and manage their nonprofit, the Russian American Museum of Art. “Our major task is to bridge the greatest world cultures and engage Neapolitans in events with a Russian flavor that spotlight great artists,” said Olga Arkhangelskaya. (the journal - 2015)