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Ivande Kaija

Latvian author (1876-1942)

1876   -   1942

country of citizenship: Russian Empire, Latvia
languages spoken, written or signed: Latvian
educated at: University of Bern, Leipzig University, University of Paris
occupation: writer
award received: Order of the Three Stars, 4th Class

Ivande Kaija was the pen name of Antonija Lūkina (née Antonija Meldere-Millere 1876–1942), Latvian writer and feminist, who fought for the independence of Latvia. Through public works and writing, Kaija advocated Latvians to donate assets to the "Gold Fund" which became the gold reserve of the country in 1920. Her public service was honored when she was bestowed the Order of the Three Stars in 1926. Though many of her works were destroyed during the Soviet period, they have seen a resurgence in recent years.
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