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    #1

    receive a grave?

    Hi,

    I'm currently trying to translate the guidebook to a hike from Dutch to English. It concerns the persecution of Jews in the Netherlands during the Second World War. There's one frase that has me stumped. It's about Jews who died and were either burried in a mass grave of whose gravesite is unknown. Can you say they never received a grave of their own? Somehow it doesn't seem right, but I can't find the correct wording.

    Thanks for your help!

    Likeahike

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    Re: receive a grave?

    PHrase.

    You could say that they never got a grave. That's the only thing that seems the most right.

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    Re: receive a grave?

    I would say they never received a proper burial. It's not the grave so much as it is the rituals and basic human dignity they were deprived of.

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    Re: receive a grave?

    Possibly, "They were never given individual graves". However, I prefer SoothingDave's "never received a proper burial" (or "were never given a proper burial").
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: receive a grave?

    Wecome to the forum, Likeahike.
    Quote Originally Posted by Likeahike View Post
    There's one fphrase that has me stumped. It's about Jews who died and were either burried in a mass grave or buried somewherof whose gravesite is unknown. Can you say they never received a grave of their own? Somehow it doesn't seem right, but I can't find the correct wording.
    I'd go with SoothingDave's suggestion.

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    #6

    Re: receive a grave?

    Thanks everyone for your comments. Very helpful. I'm not a native English speaker as you may have guessed, but it matters to me a great deal that I get it right.

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