links to the pictures of the headstones at the cemetery in Lunna.
You can search for the family names on each headstone on the
Headstone Name Search page, and then
clicking on the links on that page will bring you to a closeup
the corresponding headstone.
Guide to Reading the
It was a spiritual experience to engage in the
uncovering, uprighting, transcription and translation of these
stones that you are about to encounter. All of us who engaged in
last year’s cemetery restoration in Lunna, Belarus, came to
deeply appreciate the sensitivity and care that went into
creating each stone in memory of a beloved family member.
We regard this work as sacred; for the mitzvah of
zichronot, remembrance. Many of the stones have biblical
allusions from the Books of Job, Isaiah, and the Five Books of
Moses. These references may be found in some of the footnotes
Neither the transcription nor the translation is as
precise as we had hoped. We understand that there may be
alternative readings. In those places where the word, letter, or
even line was unreadable, a “[
]” will appear. In those situations where an “educated guess” is
made, the “[
]” will contain the lettering, word, or phrase.
The stones that appear on this page were not always the
ones from which the transcriptions and translations were made.
We attempted to use the highest quality image, and used various
lighting techniques to further illuminate letters and stones
that were difficult to read. We thank James Fornari and Amy
Gillenson for their work in photographing and then developing
each of these stones with the highest quality digital camera
available at the time.
Our desire is be as accurate as possible. If you find
what you believe to be an error, please do not hesitate to
Edward S. Boraz, Ph.D.
Michael Steinberg ’61 Rabbi of Dartmouth College Hillel