Re: Cause of death: Syphilis #lithuania
Stephen Weinstein wrote, in response to the original query, that:
The original records were written in Russian, in an alphabet that hasI respectfully submit that this information is not quite true. It's not
the ALPHABET that is now "obsolete", but simply that there are a few
spelling differences. Not all that many, and once you get used to them
they're not much problem. Bulgaria also reformed their spelling,
probably around the same time. I know both languages: the alphabet is
nearly identical, with a couple of letters used in Russian that are not
used in Bulgarian, and some phonetic differences.
Anyone who can read the present-day Russian (or Bulgarian) should be
able to make things out in the old spelling, after a little introduction
to "what changed" - English Wikipedia has a nice article on this:
Martha Schecter Forsyth
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