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Submitted by Michael Herzlich

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Category: Translation - Yiddish
Approval Date: 6/28/2020 4:19 PM
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Country: Lithuania
Town: Merkine
Date of Image: 1930's
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Requesting translation of a handwritten message on the back of a photo, most likely Yiddish, that is from the 1930's. Particularly interested in any names on the card. The front of the card contains a photo of five men ice skating.

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6/28/2020 10:04 PM Shteshlen! For memory from your best friend in life Shebsel

I assume that the first word is a name. I might have gotten it somewhat wrong, as I've never heard of such a name.

The last word is a name, which is a variation of the Hebrew name Shabsi/Shabtei. (At first it appeared to me as Shevach which is a less common Hebrew name, but I believe Shebsel is the correct name).
6/30/2020 12:06 AM I also have been wondering about the first word. The first question is whether it is a common noun or a proper name. I think very likely it is a person's name. Then I think it reads a little different. First, the last letter I think is a bigly written E, so the last two letters would be -LE, which is a common diminutive/familiar/pet-name suffix, as in bubele, Yankele, Yosele, etc. Then the forth letter may not be SH. It is written in ligature, so it may represent another, deformed, letter. Theoretically, R, K(H), B, V are possible. So something like Sterele (Ester?), S(h)te(b/v)ele, S(h)tek(h)ele. If you know what that word should mean, please let us know.
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