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Submitted by Lisa Cohn

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Russian
Approval Date: 4/20/2014 4:09 PM
Family Surname:
Country: Romania
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Words written on the back of a photo of a girl holding flowers. She looks a bit young, but could be a wedding photo. Although today, I'd say she looked young enough to be a bridesmaid, not the bride. Dress is to her knees and she's wearing heels so it doesn't look formal enough to be a bridal photo unless it's a sister or a bridesmaid.
It looks like Russian to me, but might be Romanian?

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4/21/2014 9:41 AM It's Russian:
На вечную памят от сестры Крейны ??? - For eternal memory from sister Krayna ??? (can't make out the other name)

My "cultural" knowledge of Russian doesn't let me be sure exactly the sense of the first word: 'for' or perhaps 'in'. My hunch is that it indicates that SOMEONE (probably the person in the photo) is no longer alive, because that phrase about "eternal memory" is strongly associated with people who have died. (I.e., I doubt that it means the person is sending the photo so that the recipient will forever remember a still-living person. But I'm not sure!) Pls let me know if you find out.
4/23/2014 6:32 AM I would like to correct the first interpreter's theory :
"For eternal memory" is a very common dedication which comes with a picture, a gift or a souvenier. It means that the girl was very much alive and sent her picture to be remembered by the recipients.

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