Two and a half years younger than Hermanis, Hugo Maksimiljāns was the second child. From an early age, he was clever, inventive, practical and responsible. He had a sense of humour and the remarkable ability of being able to attract the right people and situations just when they were needed most. He became the rock to which Nina and others clung, and, when life catapulted from grey to black, he was the one who could find that one ray of light or who could see the positive in all that was negative.