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Category: Translation - Yiddish
Approval Date: 5/12/2013 4:27 PM
Family Surname: STRAUS
Country: Germany
Town: Otterberg
Date of Image: 1887
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I believe this brief note was written by Sara STRAUS, wife of Lazarus, to her chldren. A translation will help to confirm or disprove this.

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5/7/2013 3:06 AM The handwriting is very strange and the language looks more like german than Yiddish to me.
I could only make out the first sentence: "you are like a flower"

Sorry, hope another volunteer can help you out more here.
5/8/2013 7:23 PM Definitely Yiddish, definitely rotated 180 degrees. I can't make out enough to string an entire sentence together, but I recognize enough individual words to be certain of that.
5/9/2013 2:19 AM I am sure the writer intended to copy a poem by Heinrich Heine. Some words are not in place. Hope you can find an English version of Heine's "Buch der Lieder", No.47 (something like "you are like a flower").

Du bist wie eine Blume
so hold und schön und rein;
ich schau’ dich an, und Wehmut
schleicht mir ins Herz hinein.

Mir ist, als ob ich die Hände
aufs Haupt dir legen sollt’,
betend, daß Gott dich erhalte
so rein und schön und hold.

5/13/2013 7:43 PM So actually written in German though with the Hebrew alphabet, which was quite common among German Jews in the 19th century.
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