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Translating a Yiddish diary From the war
« on: July 16, 2020, 03:47:26 PM »
My grandmother has a diary written by her father during ww2 (they were running and hiding for almost 6 years!)
The diary is written with a pencil (fading) in Yiddish and he did not have the greatest handwriting.
My grandmother had it translated by someone however they did not know the history or geography of the area therefore making a lot of basic mistakes and they were still not able to translate it all!
If anybody knows someone who does this (Obviously for $) it would be a great help the original gets harder to read by the day!

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Re: Translating a Yiddish diary From the war
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2020, 04:29:00 PM »
My grandmother has a diary written by her father during ww2 (they were running and hiding for almost 6 years!)
The diary is written with a pencil (fading) in Yiddish and he did not have the greatest handwriting.
My grandmother had it translated by someone however they did not know the history or geography of the area therefore making a lot of basic mistakes and they were still not able to translate it all!
If anybody knows someone who does this (Obviously for $) it would be a great help it gets harder to read by the day!

how many pages? This is a must save. I can try & help you as I know someone who is great at reading handwritings but it costs. You can probably recoup if its very interesting by selling it as a book one day. Can you post one page as an example?

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Re: Translating a Yiddish diary From the war
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2020, 04:42:55 PM »
it gets harder to read by the day!
first thing u do is get it scanned high quality

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Re: Translating a Yiddish diary From the war
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2020, 04:49:56 PM »
how many pages? This is a must save. I can try & help you as I know someone who is great at reading handwritings but it costs. You can probably recoup if its very interesting by selling it as a book one day. Can you post one page as an example?

i will be"h the next time im by my grandmother in a week or so

first thing u do is get it scanned high quality

its very fragile! do you know were that can be done in ny?

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Re: Translating a Yiddish diary From the war
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2020, 04:53:32 PM »
first thing u do is get it scanned high quality

yes! I dont know where it can be done but definitely l'maan the knowledge of future generations this must be saved 

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Re: Translating a Yiddish diary From the war
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2020, 04:58:42 PM »
its very fragile! do you know were that can be done in ny?

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Re: Translating a Yiddish diary From the war
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2020, 05:08:19 PM »
first thing u do is get it scanned high quality
I spoke to a family member they are pretty sure it was copied/scanned at some point!
The biggest issue is finding somebody who does handwriting and knows old (czech?) yiddish and geography of the area!

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Re: Translating a Yiddish diary From the war
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2020, 05:21:58 PM »
I spoke to a family member they are pretty sure it was copied/scanned at some point!
The biggest issue is finding somebody who does handwriting and knows old (czech?) yiddish and geography of the area!
I was in Khust about 6 years ago. When I was there I met an elderly man that had Czechoslovakian maps of the city. He was able to direct me to street my grandmother lived. He was known by the guy that runs the shul and spoke Ukrainian. Im hoping he is still alive today.

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Re: Translating a Yiddish diary From the war
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2020, 06:48:44 PM »
I know this guy does translation of this type of stuff

Rabbi Yehuda Altein
(347) 423-5734
yaltein.writing@gmail.com
(Yiddish/Hebrew to English; specializes in handwritten family material)

I may know some others as well