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22:52 Sep 30, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Wer im Gedachtniss seiner Friebate fortlebt ist nict gestorben_er ist nur fern
This is an inscription on a grave stone
of an ancestor.
Fiona Sparkman
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Summary of answers provided
5friends (Freunde), relatives (Verwandte)
Hans-Henning Judek
4 +1"Friebate" unknown
Sharon Sarah Schmitz
4friends (indeed)xxxAbu Amaal
4He, who lives on in the memory of his his friends, is not dead, just distant.
Mats Wiman


  

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13 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
friends (Freunde), relatives (Verwandte)


Explanation:
"Friebate" is no German word, Internet search result "0". Please check spelling.
Freunde (friends) is the most probable spelling, I guess


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Hans-Henning Judek
Local time: 19:48
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 893
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18 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
"Friebate" unknown


Explanation:
The problem lies with "Friebate", which is not a German word, at least not one I've ever heard of. The only word I came up with after 5 minutes of turning it around in my brain was "Fürbitte" (intercession), but unfortunately this doesn't make much sense.

Basically, this leaves us with: Who lives on in the memory of his "Friebate", is not deceased, but only far away.

It would be very helpful if you could check the inscripton.


    Native German speaker
Sharon Sarah Schmitz
Germany
Local time: 11:48
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 306

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ulla Haufe: German native speaker as well
13 mins
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
He, who lives on in the memory of his his friends, is not dead, just distant.


Explanation:
building on Hans-Hennings guess, which I share


    13 years in Germany
Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 11:48
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 1498
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1 day 2 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
friends (indeed)


Explanation:
As supposed:

Wer im Gedächtnis seiner Freunde lebt,
der ist nicht tot,
der ist nur fern.
Tot ist nur, wer vergessen wird.
Kant

(according to ref cited)

Whosoever lives on in his friends' memory,
he is not dead,
he is only far away.
Only he who is forgotten is dead.


    Reference: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:t-j7qo0bLeo:www.fwg-bee...
xxxAbu Amaal
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 24
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