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Database of diaries and letters #russia #translation


temafrank1@...
 

Thanks for the info, Jane. I was really hoping to narrow it down to entries during certain time periods, and, although I'm mainly interested in things written by Jews, reading what gentiles wrote would also be useful to give us a sense of living conditions and views about Jews. But I can't get the search to work for me by date, and with over 7000 entries, going through each of them just isn't feasible. 
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Tema Frank, 
Edmonton, Canada
Project: https://temafrank.com/tema-frank-history-detective/


Jane Neff Rollins
 

HI all,

 

I took a quick look through this site to get a sense of what is included. Judging by surnames (yes, I know many Jews Russified their names for self-protection), most diaries in the collection were kept by non-Jews. There are nearly 7000 individuals under the Russian tab, 131 individuals under the Ukraine tab, and 59 under the Belarussian tab. Most diarists were born after 1900, were artists/writers/journalists/scientists/engineers/military members and kept their diaries during World War II. There were several by witnesses to the Leningrad Blockade, one by a woman who volunteered as a sister of mercy during World War I, and the diaries of the composers Robert and Clara Schuman and the writers Lev Tolstoy, Anna Akhmatova, and Isaac Babel.  Each index entry has a link called Открыть профиль (open the profile). Some Profile entries also include a link to that individual’s Russian Wikipedia page. Scroll down in the profile to get to a section called Additional information; not all entries include this. The text here can be easily copied and pasted using Google Translate if you are using Firefox; or use Chrome which can automatically translate web pages.


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Jane Neff Rollins
Montrose CA USA
Locations -- Surnames
Tiraspol -- Kishinevsky, Zeilikovich, Sirota
Slonim/Volkovysk/Svisloch -- Klebansky, Vatnik 
Berdichev -- Chernorudsky
Zhitomir -- Pekler, Gumenik, Gorlovsky, Garber


temafrank1@...
 

Haha. In that part of the world, there was a lot of frost!

I was trying to use the search by dates, which you would think would work, but I couldn't get it to. 
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Tema Frank
Edmonton, Canada
Project: https://temafrank.com/tema-frank-history-detective/


Ellen
 

Thanks for sharing this, Tema.  I have saved in a file the names of my ancestors' towns in Cyrillic, so I was able to search for diary entries that mention those places.  

I also tried searching for references to my Moroz relatives in the diaries.  Unfortunately, the literal translation of Moroz is "frost," so I ended up with tons of diary entries referencing frost!

Ellen
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Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY

Researching WEISSMAN/VAYSMAN (Ostropol, Ukraine); MOROZ and ESTRIN/ESTERKIN (Shklov & Bykhov, Belarus); LESSER/LESZEROVITZ, MAIMAN, and BARNETT/BEINHART/BERNHART (Lithuania/Latvia); and ROSENSWEIG/ROSENZWEIG, KIRSCHEN, and SCHWARTZ (Botosani, Romania)


Judith Singer
 

Hello - Like Tema Frank, I am very interested in the daily lives of our ancestors, so this could be an excellent resource if it were more accessible to English speakers. It seems to me that as a starting point, a searchable list in English of the names of the towns described in these documents would be very helpful. I am willing to help fund the preparation of such a list if Jewish =Gen or any interested individual cares to undertake it. 
Judith Singer
CHARNEY and related names in Kavarskas
SORTMAN and related names in Seredzius and Vilijampole


mandy.molava@...
 

I am also interested in Minsk area 1900-1903 possibly up to 1907. If you manage to find anything would appreciate an email, I am very interested in their daily lives here, to get to know my great grandparents before they emigrated. 
I will have a look at that link, thanks for sharing, Google translate does appear to change quite regularly, so it's worth nipping back to see.

Thanks in advance and good luck

Mandy Molava
Researching Russia Brest Belarus Galacia and much more 


temafrank1@...
 

I found what looks like an amazing resource - it is a collection of diaries from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, dating from the 1800s to the present. https://prozhito.org/.

In theory it is searchable, but the search engine won't work in English translation. I've Google Translated some of the individual diary entries and they are fascinating.

(I'm trying to find diaries that:
a) will give me a sense of everyday life for regular folk in the early 1900s. Particularly interested in anything from Minsk in the 1900 - 1914 period , and
b) anywhere in Russia during the civil war (1917-1919). I'd love to get diaries by soldiers who were on the Bolshevik side. (Most diaries I can find are told from the perspective of the Whites, not the Reds.
It is so frustrating that I can't get the search engine to work. )
 
Tema Frank
Edmonton, Canada
Project: https://temafrank.com/tema-frank-history-detective/