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 Nada Žerjav-Abarth

Nada Žerjav-Abarth

Birth
Slovenia
Death 16 Sep 2000 (aged 88)
Ljubljana, Obcina Ljubljana, Osrednjeslovenska, Slovenia
Burial Ljubljana, Obcina Ljubljana, Osrednjeslovenska, Slovenia
Memorial ID 100602958 · View Source
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Nadina Abarth-Zerjav (née Zerjav) (March 5, 1912, Görz (Gorizia) – September 17, 2000, Ljubljana) was the daughter of the Slovene political minister Gregor Zerjav and his wife, Milena née Lavrencic. Her elder brother was Borut Zerjav, journalist in Paris, and her twin sister was Tatjana, who died young from tuberculosis. Nada Abarth-Zerjav spent her early childhood in Graz and Ljubljana. As her father Žerjav was preventively arrested and imprisoned in WWI in the Ljubljana Castle and in Graz by the Austro-Hungarian authorities for his "notorious pro-Serbian attitudes", she lived some time at her grandparents. After the early death of both her parents from tuberculosis she was educated at Munich and Paris. On 28. November 1949, she was married to Carlo Abarth, the well known Turin–Automobile-Industrialist. Nada Abarth-Zerjav and Carlo Abarth met in 1944 at Lake Garda (Italy). Nada Abarth supported her husband during the founding period of the Abarth-works as later on in every possible way. She initiated the contact to Tazio Nuvolari which became important during the first years of the existence of the Squadra Abarth. She spoke seven languages which enabled her to engage in public-relations in foreign countries as well. Even after the divorce in 1979 she remained on friendly terms with Carlo Abarth and after his death she continued to admire him greatly. The couple had no children. After the breakup of Yugoslavia 1991 Nadina Abarth-Zerjav, who had had the Italian citizenship since 1949, applied for the Slovenian citizenship also and finally received it in 1997 in honour of her families history. Nada Abarth lived in Turin for over 50 years and was well known there. She left Turin in November 1999 for reasons of ill health and moved to nephew's family in Ljubljana where she died on 17 September 2000. She was buried four days later in her families gravesite, a protected monument in the Žale cemetery in Ljubljana


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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 12 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100602958
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nada Žerjav-Abarth (5 Mar 1912–16 Sep 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100602958, citing Žale Cemetery, Ljubljana, Obcina Ljubljana, Osrednjeslovenska, Slovenia ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) .