Kistler-Ritso, Emigre Estonian Who Founded Museum, Dies

November 22, 2013

Olga Kistler-Ritso, the founder of Tallinn’s Museum of Occupations, has died at the age of 93. Her death on November 18, in Redmond, Washington, was announced on November 21.

An eye surgeon and philanthropist, she and her husband Walter Kistler are known for providing the seed capital for the foundation of the museum, which is dedicated to exhibitions and research into both the Soviet and Nazi occupations. Opened in 2003, the museum was also the first purpose-built museum building in Estonia.

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