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Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Yiddish
Approval Date: 12/22/2013 4:07 PM
Family Surname: Bierzwinski
Date of Image: 1934?
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I would like a direct translation of this Yiddish inscription on the back of a photo. I am particularly curious as to where and when the photo was taken, and who the two women are who walk beside Chaim Icek Bierzwinski.

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11/21/2013 1:35 AM I can't decipher all the words because of bad handwritting but I could read most of it. I didn't recognize where the picture was taken (next post) but I can tell that it was sent from US because the writer used English translitterated words. Here is the translation:
Yanina ... (was) on Shvues(Shavuot holiday)and she had with her this picture(used English word picture)that she took in winter in the street(used English word street) Yanina with Sally and Wierzbinski. I send it to you so when you feel like it or miss( feel lonely) you will be happy to look at it. From me your devoted father Shmuel Leib Sheiniak (not sure about the surname).
12/25/2013 12:39 AM the name is Wierczbinski to be pronounced Wiertzbinski
W at the beginning because of two Vavs cz because of a Tzade and b because of a bet. It is not a vet because there is no line above the letter ( the writer of this letter uses a line to differentiate between a fe and a pe). By the way if you write rz in the name it will be pronounced as a j by a Polish speaker.

Hope this helps
Asher Szmulewicz
12/26/2013 2:07 AM Versbinski ((excuse spelling). By the way the image is upside down
12/26/2013 6:47 AM The information below clarifies both surnames:

(1) Bierzwinski is found in Kalisz, and is derived from the village of Biezwienna in Kolo district of Poland. Variant spelling Biezwinski.

(2) Wierzbinski is found in Mazowieck, Plock, Wegrow, Radzymin, Bedzin, and Warsaw, in Poland. It is derived from the village of Wierzbie in Kutno district and Kolo district, or from Wierzbno in Warsaw district and Slupca district. The surname is related to another surname Wierbin, found in Sejny, Mariampol, Biala and derived from wierzbina [Polish] willow wood, but also from the village of Wierzbno, in Wegrow district.

'A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland', by Alezander Beider, Avotaynu 1996.

Trust this helps you in your research.
Dennis Kahn
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