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Joan Nathan

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Photo by: Michael Lionstar

FANIA LEWANDO (c. 1887–1941?) was the proprietor of a popular vegetarian restaurant in pre–World War II Vilna, Lithuania. She was also a noted nutrition advocate and founded a "dietary school" that taught Jewish women healthy cooking techniques. Fleeing the Nazi invasion of Vilna in the fall of 1941, she and her husband were captured by Soviet soldiers and died sometime thereafter.