The article is a language and cultural analysis of 93 obituaries stored in the archives of the 'Pawiak' Museum in Warsaw. The plates nailed, just after the war, to the tree growing in the vicinity of the ruined Pawiak are one of the earliest post-war Warsaw obituaries.Most important element of the material analyzed is the informative function. Authors of the obituaries were providing primarily name and surname of the deceased person. Additional elements allowing for easier identification of the deceased was providing the following: nickname, father's name or woman's maiden surname, functions within military, covert and other organizations, medal awarded, place of death, in addition to day, month and year of death. Majority of that information occurs irregularly or in a brief form. The symptomatic feature of the obituaries analyzed is their conciseness affecting their specific character and uniqueness.
Aneta Czarnecka, Instytut Slawistyki PAN, ul. Bartoszewicza 1b/17, 00-337 Warszawa, POland
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