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Submitted by Dana Akerman

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Category: Translation - Yiddish
Approval Date: 1/30/2013 4:16 PM
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Date of Image: 1946
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The recipient of the letter is my great-grandfather, the sender is a family member, maybe a sibling.
I will be happy to know what is written in the letter.

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1/31/2013 7:48 AM What a moving letter! I read it with tears. Just looking at the date made it obvious that that would be a Holocaust survivor seeking for family. Here is the translation:
"August 5, 1946
My dear beloved brother and sister, may you be happy together with your children.
My dears, I didn't write to you for a long long time, and I hope to receive an answer from you. I am left all alone, with no family. My whole family died in very tragic circumstances. They fell into the hands of the murderous Germans and like all the Jews were shot. Tens of thousands of Jews survived, lonely, unhappy, with deep wounds in their hearts, and one of them am I. They say that a man is stronger than iron, and this is very true. After such a tragedy I continue to live: I eat, drink, breath. If I do all the thing that a living person does, I am really stronger than iron. Or maybe I don't comprehend the depth of the tragedy and that's why I'm still alive. Though "suffering of many is half consolation" (a Hebrew proverb), still the stones on my heart are huge. Th Jewish nation through it's history.."
Here the page ends, there must be a continuation.
A personal note, do you know what was the original country? I am exploring Akerman family from Lithuania.
Regards Emma
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