Her husband was Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Braude, who later became head of the Talmud Torah of Kelm. Both he and his wife were very devoted to the yeshiva - one which was rich in spirit, but poor in funds. Rebbitzen Nechama Liba therefore managed a store for boots and galoshes which she and her husband owned, and from which they earned a living. When she wasn't busy with customers, she would study works of musar. Her nephew, Reb Nochum Velvel Dessler, helped her with the customers. Periodically, she would ask Reb Nochum Velvel how much they had earned that week. As soon as she reached a predetermined sum which would meet their minimum needs, she would immediately close the store, telling her nephew: "The other store owners (who were selling similar products) also have to earn a living." She had faith and trust in the One Who provides sustenance to all life, and she did not want to prosper at the expense of others.
During World War Two, the revered Nechama Liba was already old in years, and the following story concerning the last day of her life is told by a student of the Talmud Torah of Kelm who survived the Holocaust:
When the Germans invaded Lithuania, they asked the Lithuanians to assist them in rounding up the Jews. The majority of Lithuanians responded with enthusiasm, and they volunteered to help with the slaughter of the local Jewish population. Kelm was no exception. When the Lithuanians came to the place where most of the Jews - including the students of the Talmud Torah - had been gathered, they had already savagely murdered a number of Jews in Kelm. The Jews were ordered to march to the town square on the morning of the 5th of Av. From the looks on the faces of the Lithuanians that morning, their victims had few doubts as to what lay in store for them. But as they marched at gunpoint, the students of the Talmud Torah sang and danced as if it were "Simchas Torah" - the Festival of Rejoicing for the Torah. Although they knew that their physical lives would soon end, they also knew that the life-affirming teachings of Torah would endure and that their souls would live. They were therefore enraptured in the songs they had sung so often - "Vetaher libeinu l'ovdecha b'emes" (Purify our hearts to serve you in truth), and "Ashreinu ma tov chelkeinu" (How fortunate are we, how good is our lot). Held high on a chair was the Alter's daughter, Rebbetzin Nechama Liba, whom they carried just as if she were a sefer Torah - Torah Scroll. After the Jews were murdered, the local Lithuanians had a feast to celebrate, and they ordered the few Jewish survivors to serve as as "waiters" during the feast.
The Talmud (Brochos 18a-b) teaches that there are righteous people who in their death are called "living," and that there are wicked people who in their lifetime are called "dead." The murderers of the Jews were already "dead" in their lifetime, while the martyrs of Kelm are still living. They and their ideals are alive in our hearts and minds, and their souls are bound in the eternal "Bond of Life"!
Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen (See below)
The information about Rebbitzen Nechama Liba is taken from "Rav Dessler" - a well-written and inspiring biography of Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler. He was a great musar teacher of the previous generation who studied in the Talmud Torah of Kelm. The author of this biography is Jonathan Rosenblum, and the publisher is ArtScroll:http://www.artscroll.com/linker/hazon/home