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Submitted by Anna Olswanger

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Tombstone
Approval Date: 11/16/2022 11:57 AM
Family Surname:
Country: Lithuania
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I found this photograph among the papers of my cousin, a Holocaust survivor who died in 2019. He lived in Kovno and Gargzdai, Lithuania, during the Holocaust and later immigrated to New York. He visited Lithuania in the 1990s when the photographs were taken.

Can anyone translate the tombstone on the left (I believe that is the important one)? I'm wondering if my cousin took the photograph because the tombstone was for a member of our family, either the Olschwanger family or Birman family.

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11/16/2022 3:56 PM This is a bit challenging, due to the grass obscuring part of the text. Here is what I can make out:

She breathed her last,

our mother, the important and the proper, flawless and honest.


___ Fraydil daughter of David

[she passed away ___] Adar I, 5689

[May her soul be bound up in the bond of life.]


The phrase "and Sarah died" is taken from the Book of Genesis, describing the death of the foremother Sarah, Abraham's wife.

The last name, Bolfovitz, might also be read as Volfovitz [Wolfowitz], although the letters V/W are usually represented by a double Vav, rather than by a Bet/Vet.

The name Fraydil is a Yiddish name. Since there is obscured text before this name, it is hard to be sure, but it might mean that even though her official name was Sarah, she was known as Fraydil.

I cannot see the name of the month, but it is followed by the letter Alef, meaning that this is the first month with that name, and this can only apply to the month called Adar. (In a Jewish leap year, the 12th month, Adar, is replaced by two months: Adar I and Adar II.). The exact day in that month is obscured, but the month of Adar I in the year 5689 began on February 10th, 1929, and ended on March 11th.

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