1927 - 2012
Irene Dynenson Steinman passed away Friday, November 30th in W Nyack, NY at age 85. Born in Lodz, Poland in 1927, she fled from invading Nazis with her family to Vilna in 1941 where they obtained the famous Sugihara transit visas permitting travel to Japan and elsewhere, to freedom from Germans. All but a few who received the 3400 Sugihara's visas survived. Irene's family didn't. But Irene survived because several days before the Germans invaded the Soviet half of Poland, she went to visit an uncle-physician in the town of Sarny under Soviet control. He was requisitioned by the Soviets to aid Soviet wounded soldiers being taken east, and he took his family and Irene with him. They fled first to Penza, then to Fergana, Uzbekistan. After the war, she returned to Poland, then studied in Geneva to help Holocaust survivor children, then became an instructor at Ose Home for Children in Fontainebleau. Relatives and family friends then brought her to the United States.
Always an avid reader, she gained her Bachelor's Degree in her 4th language in 1951. She met and married Jerry Steinman of the Bronx. After bringing up two sons, she obtained a Masters of Library Science degree from Columbia University. Then she became VP and treasurer of the family business Beer Marketer's Insights, where she worked for 40 years and became known throughout the beer industry.
Irene was the beloved and loving wife of Jerry Steinman, beloved and loving mother of Benj and Glen and of daughters-in-law Robin and Sabrina, and beloved and loving grandmother of David, Talia and Jason. She is our inspiration and will be forever in our hearts. .
The family requests that donations in memory of Irene Steinman be sent either to Yad Vashem, or to the USC Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education.
Published in The New York Times from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2012