BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Yizkor Book Project, December 2010 #poland

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>


The JewishGen "elders" tell me that there has never been such a record month
in the Yizkor Book Project with a total of 57 new entries, new books and
updates during December. The year 2010, in fact, was an all-round record
year compared to previous years. More than four times as many new entries
added, twice as many new books added and almost twice as many updates were
carried out in comparison with 2009!

Now, as I always stress, there are many, many people behind these figures
and this month I would like to salute a small group of such people. They are
the remarkable volunteer team of Shaul Yannai, Shimon Joffe & Barry Mann who
are working their way through Pinkas Lita (Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania) to translate all the community entries appearing
there. Just this month, we put up translations 28 of the entries about the
Lithuanian communities that were devastated in the Holocaust and the final
goal of this team is to completely translate all the entries within it. This
is clearly a mammoth task and I salute this team's dedication and
persistence. It should also be noted that they are also working closely
with the original editors of this encyclopedia, Dov Levin and Josef Rosin,
to assure that the translations and the information they contain, are as
true as possible to the original - awarding them a further salute.

I would like to inform you about something else new that was added this past
month to the Yizkor Book Project. Thanks to the diligent and time consuming
research work of one volunteer, Paul Levit, a new feature has been added to
the Yizkor Book database at A
hyperlink has been added to each Yizkor Book's entry which points to the
OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) website at Since the
WorldCat website contains full bibliographic information for each book,
along with links to thousands of libraries catalogs worldwide. This linkage
will supplement the database's current "Libraries" table, thus allowing
JewishGen users to locate Yizkor Books more easily, wherever they may be. My
thanks also go out to Warren Blatt for the concept behind this and to
Michael Tobias for implementing this feature in the database.

December also has seen the quarterly update of our necrology database with
4,330 new entries >from 10 books. The entries are painstakingly prepared by
Max Heffler and Michael Tobias is behind the uploading of the data to the
database. Thanks to both these gentlemen for allowing researchers access to
this invaluable data source at

Note that the following community necrologies were added this quarter to the

- Ratno, Ukraine 168
- Frampol, Poland 373
- Kossovo, Belarus 163
- Stolin, Belarus 601
- Bol'shoy Zhëlutsk, Ukraine 81
- Sandomierz, Poland 433
- Novoseltsy, Ukraine 1426
- Melnitsa, Ukraine 781
- Pogost-Zagorodskiy, Belarus 235
- Majdan, Ukraine 69

Now to the December figures. During this last month we have added these 5
new projects:

- Gusyatin, Ukraine (Two communities: Husiatyn and Kopyczynce)

- Makow Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of the community of

- Pabianice, Poland (Memorial Book of Pabianice)

- Tluszcz, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Tluszcz)

- Turiysk, Ukraine (Memorial book of Trisk)

Added in 29 new entries:

- Didkiemis, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Dikshne, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Dubingiai, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Dubininkus, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Dubinova, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Dubrava, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Dusetos, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Dvoruka, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Dvornova, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Erzvilkas, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Freda, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Gaure, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Huta, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Igliauka, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Ilguva, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Imbradas, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Indrioniskis, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Inturke, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Janitz, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Janapole, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Jankai, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Jastnik, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Jegliskis, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Jieznas, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Jokubaiciai, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Jokubavas, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Silute, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

- Starobin, Belarus (Slutsk and vicinity memorial book)

- Vilkija, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)

We have continued to update 23 of our existing projects:

- Belchatow, Poland (Belchatow memorial book)

- Biala Rawska, Poland (Memorial Book to the Martyrs of Biala Rawska)

- Czestochowa, Poland (Czenstochova - new supplement to the book)

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)

- Dotnuva, Lithuania (Letters >from Dotnuva)

- Fehergyarmat, Hungary (Our Former City Fehergyarmat)

- Gargzdai, Lithuania (Gorzd book; A memorial to the Jewish community of

- Garwolin, Poland (Garwolin Memorial Book) [English & Polish]

- Gorodets, Belarus (Horodetz; history of a town, 1142-1942)

- Grajewo, Poland (Grayewo Memorial Book)

- Kaluszyn, Poland (The Memorial Book of Kaluszyn) [French]

- Lithuania (Encyclopaedia of Jewish Communities in Lithuania)

- Lithuania (Lite)

- Lowicz, Poland (Lowicz; a town in Mazovia, memorial book)

- Merkine, Lithuania (Meretch; a Jewish Town in Lithuania)

- Ostrow-Mazowiecka, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of

- Rivne, Ukraine (Rowno; a memorial to the Jewish community of Rowno, Wolyn)

- Ryki, Poland (The Memorial Book of Kaluszyn) [Polish]

- Siemiatycze, Poland (Yizkor The Community of Semyatitch)

- Sierpc, Poland (The community of Sierpc; memorial book)

- Tykocin, Poland (Memorial book of Tiktin)

- Volodymyr Volynskyy, Ukraine (Wladimir Wolynsk; in memory of the Jewish

- Wislica, Poland (Memorial book of Wislica; the Wislich yizkor book)

Please remember that all this month's additions and updates have been
flagged at to make it easy
to find them.

Wishing all an excellent 2011 and look forward to hearing >from of all of you
during this year.

Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

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