How Should I Spell My Mother’s Name on Her Gravestone?

My late mother Pesya was the youngest child of immigrants to America from Kiev and Odessa, one reader writes. Here’s the story of her name.

Graves in the Jewish cemetery in Den Helder, the Netherlands. Bert de Boer/shutterstock.

Graves in the Jewish cemetery in Den Helder, the Netherlands. Bert de Boer/shutterstock.

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July 14 2021
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