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Category: Translation - Yiddish
Approval Date: 2/9/2014 4:39 PM
Family Surname: Davidson
Country: Poland
Town: Warsaw
Date of Image: 1949
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* * I am requesting a loose translation, does not have to be every word on the page. * *

My great uncle, Chaim Davidson wrote an autobiography in 1949. I am chosing random pages for LOOSE translation so I can get a taste of what he wrote since I cannot afford to have the entire book translated.

He writes in phonetic yiddish, spelling words they way they sound when spoken, rather than adhering to the proper grammatical spelling.

Chaim is the eldest son who survived beyond infancy in his family. He is followed by a brother, Abraham (who was named differently but had his name changed, probably for some superstitious reason), David, a sister, Tillie, and the baby brother, my grandfather, Samuel. I mention their names in case they are mentioned by name in the book.

Thank you, in advance. I know it is a lot of time and work to translate a full page of typed words, even intermittent phrases.

Evie Rothfarb

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2/15/2014 1:20 AM A Visitor to this World.
By Khaim Margoles-Davidzon
Page 15
I was one who trembled with my parents, because before me, four of their children had died before I was born. My Mother would therefore, upon lighting candles (for Shabbat) plead with God. Holy Father in heaven, you who move with loving kindness over the whole world, you are greater and you have more coming to you than I, but I , your servant Margole daughter of Moyshe Yochanan beg you, do not take away them all from me! You took for yourself four from my womb, leave me the rest!...
And she would weep quietly, until she would catch herself, that it was Shabbes, and it was a sin to cry on Shabbes.
Krul Courtyard, that is how they called the house at 71 Genshe (street) where I was born -it was a courtyard like most along that street. In the front at the sidewalk, a (?)porch from wooden boards and a small shack, where the watchman, Jozef lived, a stocky middle-aged soldier who had finished the term of his military service . The children would tremble before him, as they would before his wife, Jozefova and their two year-old daughter Stashke, whose hair I tore at because she would not let me hold her rag doll. Facing us, in the courtyard stood a two-story wooden house, with dormers in the attic, whose (casement) windows, flung- open upon the roof, looked like military watch huts. This house, it was said, was built years ago as a wedding-gift for the nobleman Krul.
That this was once a nobleman’s home, a real palace, one could tell by the broad corridors and the beautifully carved hand railings, and steps that led to the second story. Krul himself, who has for years now, lived somewhere in a village that was part of his fortune (estate), with serfs and servants, had the whole house divided into one and two room apartments and rented them out to tenants.
On the left of the courtyard stood the garbage-bin and the out-house (toilet) which gave off such stinking odors. Which are familiar to all who had the opportunity to experience these conditions.
The worst was in those days when they came with a wagon of barrels and proceeded to pump out and clean out…
Near the outhouse, there stood a row of low slapped-together huts where each tenant (neighbor) locked up the Pesach (Passover) dishes
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