Sunday, August 9, 2015

Children's Graves

It was naive of me to think that all those buried at the cemetery would have a gravestone.

One email reminded me that in Galicia the families would often save money for years after the relative died till they could afford to put up a gravestone.

With this in mind, I started to see that most of the gravestones I have identified, have been for persons  who were fifty, sixty , seventy  and more.

The impression is that very few children got their own gravestone.

First I thought that the gravestone below was that of  five year old Ruchla MAJER, daughter of Efroim and Rejzla MAJER . The person buried "was killed by a rocket in the war" in 1915 and is buried on Row 3, Grave 75.  
Looking closer I  have come to the conclusion that the gravestone is that of Rachla MORAWIC nee MAJER, daughter of Efroim Majer. She was 35 years old when she died in 1915. The symbol of the candelabrum is more fitting for a woman and the text in Hebrew too. חיים שבקה בדמי ימים.

Were the children buried in the outskirts of the cemetery?
Did their  graves have some simple marker, without inscriptions?

Here are names of children under the age of 18 years, with a gravestone:

ROSENBACH, Simche, 17, died in 1915. The same year, his mother and brother Josef died. His brother Juda died in 1916.

SEIFER Jakob, 16, murdered with his parents and sister in 1931.

SPINDEL, Josef, 13, died in 1920. Buried with his 18 year old brother Moses who also died in 1920

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