Two unknown photos that are claimed to be of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, as an infant and as a young child, were recently uncovered. One photo has a Russian inscription that seems to be from the Rebbetzin’s grandparents.
By Anash.org reporter
Two unknown photos that are claimed to be pictures of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, daughter of the Frierdiker Rebbe, and wife of the Rebbe, recently came to light.
The two photos are black and white, one showing a baby girl, and the second showing a girl of approximately two years old. Both seem to have been taken in a professional studio.
A number of photos of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka exist from her wedding and later years, but only a few were ever published from prior to that time. One such photo shows the Rebbetzin’s mother with all three of her daughters, and the newly published photo of the Rebbetzin as a young girl bears a significant similarity to the picture with her mother.
The later picture bears no date or writing. The earlier photo has an inscription in Russian on the back of the photo, partially torn but for the most part legible. Translated into English, the inscription reads: My dear – Tzvi and Sonia – (..) a picture of – our dear granddaughter – Our Moussia’nke – Nechama Dina. The last line has a few letters that seem to have been the end of the words Yosef Yitzchok.
Based on the inscription, it would seem that the photo was sent by Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka’s grandparents, Rabbi Avraham and Yocheved Schneerson, to his sister and brother-in-law, R’ Tzvi and Sheina Sheinberg. From there it would have made its way back to the family album, where it remained unseen until recently.
Anash.org reached out to a number of experts on Chabad history and the Rebbe and Rebbetzin’s early years for their opinion on the photos. As of the publication of the article, none would go on record confirming or denying the claims that the photos were of the Rebbetzin.
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