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Help! Anybody read this handwriting? (Poss. E. Europea)

#1  Postby Gawdzilla » Jun 16, 2010 8:36 pm

Help! Anybody read German handwriting? This is a found item and the family needs some help.

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Re: Help! Anybody read German handwriting?

#2  Postby james1v » Jun 16, 2010 8:42 pm

Interesting, an old post war drawing. :think: Hope someone can read it. :cheers: "Life"?
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#3  Postby Teria » Jun 16, 2010 8:46 pm

That's not German. It's posted in Regensburg but the rest is Spanish or Portuguese or something. But not German.
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Re: Help! Anybody read German handwriting?

#4  Postby Gawdzilla » Jun 16, 2010 8:48 pm

james1v wrote:Interesting, an old post war drawing. :think: Hope someone can read it. :cheers: "Life"?

I don't even know what that middle digit is. A one? (Not if it's post war, of course.)

This was found in a stack of Field Manuals sent to me for PDFing. The family didn't even know it was in there. It's kind of like Grandpa saying "Hi!" from 1945.
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Re: Help! Anybody read German handwriting?

#5  Postby Gawdzilla » Jun 16, 2010 8:48 pm

Teria wrote:That's not German. It's posted in Regensburg but the rest is Spanish or Portuguese or something. But not German.

Lovely. The mystery deepens. Grandpa was in "Intelligence" according to family history.
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Re: Help! Anybody read German handwriting?

#6  Postby Mazille » Jun 16, 2010 8:53 pm

Gimme a minute.
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#7  Postby debunk » Jun 16, 2010 8:54 pm

I believe that may be Hungarian (at least, the one word I can sort of read, neretettel, appears to be Hungarian, possibly meaning "from Nereto").

edit: the word after that could be "halaval", which is Hungarian for "gratitude".

edit: the word before that could be "is" or "es". If it's "is" the meaning could be very different according to google translate, which says "is heleval" means "to progress". "Es heleval" would mean "and gratitude".
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Re: Help! Anybody read German handwriting?

#8  Postby Gawdzilla » Jun 16, 2010 8:54 pm

Mazille wrote:Gimme a minute.

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Re: Help! Anybody read German handwriting?

#9  Postby james1v » Jun 16, 2010 8:57 pm

Gawdzilla wrote:
james1v wrote:Interesting, an old post war drawing. :think: Hope someone can read it. :cheers: "Life"?

I don't even know what that middle digit is. A one? (Not if it's post war, of course.)

This was found in a stack of Field Manuals sent to me for PDFing. The family didn't even know it was in there. It's kind of like Grandpa saying "Hi!" from 1945.




The bit that says...1945.v.22. Does that mean 1945/May(v=5th month) 22nd day? :think:
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#10  Postby Gawdzilla » Jun 16, 2010 8:59 pm

james1v wrote:
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james1v wrote:Interesting, an old post war drawing. :think: Hope someone can read it. :cheers: "Life"?

I don't even know what that middle digit is. A one? (Not if it's post war, of course.)

This was found in a stack of Field Manuals sent to me for PDFing. The family didn't even know it was in there. It's kind of like Grandpa saying "Hi!" from 1945.




The bit that says...1945.v.22. Does that mean 1945/May(v=5th month) 22nd day? :think:

I'm thinking that's a number, probably "7".
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Re: Help! Anybody read German handwriting?

#11  Postby debunk » Jun 16, 2010 9:00 pm

The first word could be "Sok", Hungarian for "Many".

edit: and amerikai is Hungarian for American.

I'm pretty convinced it's Hungarian, seems to be a message of gratitude from whoever drew that picture.
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Re: Help! Anybody read German handwriting?

#12  Postby Regina » Jun 16, 2010 9:02 pm

It seems to say "amerikai" in the third line. Anyway, it was drawn on May 22, 1945 in Regensburg.
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#13  Postby Mazille » Jun 16, 2010 9:03 pm

debunk wrote:I believe that may be Hungarian (at least, the one word I can sort of read, neretettel, appears to be Hungarian, possibly meaning "from Nereto").

That's what I was thinking. I don't really speak Hungarian, but I grew up pretty much next to Hungary.
The first word looks like "sok" which would mean beautiful, high, different, or many. Next debunk's neretettel, then "és" (which means "and) and then "hálával". No idea what that could mean. Then "amerikai", or something. So, "american". Can't read the next line...
Then name, date and "Regensburg".

I'm afraid you'll need a Hungarian for that. :scratch:
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#14  Postby Gawdzilla » Jun 16, 2010 9:04 pm

Does the fourth line start with "Gott"?
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#15  Postby Mazille » Jun 16, 2010 9:06 pm

No. No way. (Unless it's the Hungarian word for "god", but that would be "isten")
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Re: Help! Anybody read German handwriting?

#16  Postby Regina » Jun 16, 2010 9:08 pm

No; I don't think so. Might be a Q. MattHunX is the man to ask. He''s Hungarian.
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#17  Postby Mazille » Jun 16, 2010 9:09 pm

Regina wrote:No; I don't think so. Might be a Q. MattHunX is the man to ask. He''s Hungarian.

Right. Good idea! :thumbup:
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#18  Postby Gawdzilla » Jun 16, 2010 9:19 pm

Could it be a German town with Hungarian spelling. Or a POW camp?
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#19  Postby Mazille » Jun 16, 2010 9:24 pm

Gawdzilla wrote:Could it be a German town with Hungarian spelling. Or a POW camp?

Well, it does look like "Datonàvah", or something of that sort. He could be writing about "amerikai Datonàvah". "the American (city) of Daton", or something?
That's a wild guess, though. I'm really bad with those bloody Hungarian pre- and suffixes.
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#20  Postby Gawdzilla » Jun 16, 2010 9:24 pm

Any chance this is Yiddish?
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