We are raising $6000 to commission an English translation of our great grandmother Anna Ridberg’s handwritten Yiddish journals. Given the scale of the project, costs will ultimately be greater than $10,000 so we are pursuing several funding options, beginning with family and friends.
Anna was a voracious writer beginning in her teen years, and her journals span the Russian shtetl in the late 1800s, the boat-ride to the US in 1903, a brief stint in NY, and her adult life in Wisconsin – 680 pages worth!! She wrote of her family, her neighbors, her life; her joys and her many struggles. We have found a highly skilled translator in NY to create an English rendering of Anna’s richly illustrated stories.
The translator charges a competitive rate of $15-30 per page (size dependent). We began with translations of some of the later entries and have already been blown away by the details in her descriptions of the birth of her second child in 1911, the escapades of her older son as a 5 year old, the great benefits of her husband joining a union, and her desire to live a more comfortable life.
All money raised will go directly to translation services, one page at a time. This is an incredibly opportunity to reconnect with extended family and learn about our shared roots, 4-5 generations and 100+ years later.
Feel free to contact me with questions or for more information.
- Char Katz
- Eric Ugland
- Marilyn Singer
- Elissa Strauss