[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--letters of Fania Bergstein and family in need of translation

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Mon Jan 3 13:34:15 EST 2011

Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements

Jan. 3, 2011

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Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 18:14:18 +0200
From: Einat Amitay <einat.amitay at gmail.com>
Subject: early letters of Fania Bergstein and her family in need of 


A friend advised me to write to the Mendele mailinglist and maybe you all 
could help. My name is Einat and I'm an avid collector and researcher of 
culture of kibbutz' children. Last week, during an interview with the 
nephew of Fania Bergstein who lives in kibbutz Beit HaShita, I discovered 
over 150 letters of Fania Bergstein and her family in a shoebox. The 
letters were not known to researchers or people from outside the family.

Following this discovery I've decided to scan ALL the letters in order to 
upload them to the web for all to see and explore.

The letters are in Yiddish (mostly), Polish, Russian, Hebrew and English. 
I am now trying to find volunteers who can help me translate the letters 
into searchable Hebrew - and make them freely available for research and 
exploration. The site - where the letters, some information about the 
project and some details about the Bergstein family can be found is here:


The site is in Hebrew and so far I have uploaded 100 letters and postcards 
and I intend to upload all of them by the end of this week. You are all 
very welcome
to help translate and decipher these amazing pieces of history.

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