Malka Silberstein

Malka Silberstein (November 15, 1903, Vilnius, Russian Empire – 1941, Hiiumaa, Estonia) was one of the first lawyers in the Republic of Estonia.[1] The young and successful wheelchair lawyer, with her long red hair, was a striking figure in Estonia during the interwar years. In the late 1920s, she was involved with two lawyers for the abolition of the death penalty in the Estonian Penal Code.[2] After 1940, she went on to be a controversial figure, working for the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD).[3] She was executed by the NKVD in September 1941 during the Soviet retreat from Estonia.

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  1. ^ "THE CENTRAL DATABASE OF SHOAH VICTIMS' NAMES".
  2. ^ Vaba Maa, 1. November 1928, Nr. 254, S. 2
  3. ^ "The professor from Berlin was murdered in Estonia".