Yizkor Book Project, June 2014 #belarus

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>


from time to time, I ponder the enormity of the project we are involved in -
the Yizkor Book Project, which involves the translation of hundreds of
Yizkor books with their scores of pages, >from their original languages
(usually Hebrew and Yiddish) into English and other languages. It is a huge
undertaking but I am encouraged to see that month by month, section by
section, paragraph by paragraph, more and more of the secrets hidden in
these books are revealed. What we find in them are stories of lives and
lifestyles that no longer exist and, on a darker side, unfathomable stories
of man's inhumanity to man. There is certainly so much to do but my
encouragement comes >from the large number of people who dedicate so much of
their time to the project and am heartened to see that others continue to
join our ranks. For those who have yet to join us, I welcome your
participation in any way you are able and welcome you to contact me so that
I can explain in more detail what is involved.

This past month, yet another book in the Yizkor Book Project has been
completely translated - "In memory of the life and destruction of the Jewish
community of Goniadz" (Goniadz, Poland) which is coordinated by Suzanne
Scheraga. My heartfelt thanks go out to Suzanne for this achievement for her
many years of involvement in another Goniadz Yizkor book which we also hope
to see completed in the very near future.

If I have managed to raise your curiosity about the Yizkor Book Project and
you will be attending the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
at the end of this month, I warmly invite you to the Yizkor Books Birds of a
Feather meeting which, as in previous years, will be led by Jan Meisels
Allen. This is a golden opportunity to learn and ask questions about the
project >from Jan who has extensive experience in translation coordination
within the Yizkor Book Project and also has wide knowledge in the
genealogical field, in general. For those of you who are attending the
conference, I wish you an enlightening and enjoyable time and, of course,
pleasant get-togethers with your fellow researchers.

Now to facts and figures for June.

During this last month we have added in 2 new projects:

- Parysow, Poland (Parysow; a memorial to the Jewish community of Parysow,
Poland) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Parysow/Parysow.html

- Stoczek, Poland (Memorial Book of Stok, Near Wegrow)

Added in a new entry:

- Skuodas, Lithuania (Lithuania)

We have continued to update 21 of our existing projects:

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)

- Czyzew-Osada, Poland (Czyzewo Memorial Book)

- Dej, Romania (Des..., Bethlen, Magyarlapos, Retteg, Nagyilonda and
vicinity) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dej/dej.html

- Dieveniskes, Lithuania (Devenishki book; memorial book)

- Dzialoszyce, Poland (Yizkor Book of the Jewish Community in Dzialoszyce
and Surroundings)

- Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland (In Memory of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob)

- Goniadz, Poland (In memory of the life and destruction of the Jewish
community of Goniadz) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/goniadz1/goniadz1.html

- Karelichy, Belarus (Korelitz; the life and destruction of a Jewish
community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/korelicze/korelicze.html

- Klobuck, Poland (The Book of Klobucko; in memory of a martyred community
which was destroyed) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/klobuck/klobuck.html

- Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)

- Kozienice, Poland (The book of Kozienice; The birth and the destruction of
a Jewish community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kozienice/kozienice.html

- Latvia (The Jews in Latvia)

- Serock, Poland (The book of Serock)

- Siedlce, Poland (The Jews in Siedlce 1850-1945)

- Sierpc, Poland (The Community of Sierpc; Memorial Book)

- Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring
villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

- Stolin, Belarus (Stolin; a memorial to the Jewish communities of Stolin
and vicinity) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/stolin/stolin.html

- Stryy, Ukraine (Book of Stryj)

- Szczebrzeszyn, Poland (The Book of Memory to the Jewish Community of
Shebreshin) http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Szczebrzeszyn/Szczebrzeszyn.html

- Wieliczka, Poland (The Jewish community of Wieliczka; a memorial book)

- Zolochiv, Ukraine (The Destruction of Zloczow)

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find
- All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
- Yizkor Book Translation Funds
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

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