Courland SIG #Courland #Latvia Yizkor Book Project, December 2016 #courland #latvia

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>


If I do say, the past month and, in fact, the last year was a remarkable one
for the Yizkor Book Project and I would like to outline just a little of our

To begin with, we completed no fewer than three translation projects just in
this past month and they were:

- Briceni, Moldova (Brichany: its Jewry in the first half of our century)
which was enthusiastically coordinated in recent times by Roberta Jaffer and
in the past by Carol Monosson Edan and Carla Brauer-Lalezari. I do send out
my appreciation to them all for seeing this project through to its
successful completion.

- Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland (In Memory of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob) which
was for the most part, translated by the coordinator himself - Allen
Flusberg - and he does deserve our appreciation for his untiring dedication
to seeing this completely translated.

- Ostrow-Mazowiecka, Poland (Ostrow Mazowiecka) which is the second
completed project we have of this community. In this case, it was ably
coordinated by Michael Richman who was driving force behind this outstanding

So, we now have 126 projects online but we certainly aren't sitting on our
laurels and in coming reports, I do anticipate that I will be able to
announce further such successes.

The complete translation of a book allows us, where appropriate, to go on to
the next stage of passing the translation on to the Yizkor Book in Print
Project. They, in turn, carry out their magic and the publish it as a
hard-cover book. So, I am pleased to announce that last month a further
translated Yizkor Book has hit the presses - "The Life and Destruction of
Olshan" which is a complete translation of the Gol'shany, Belarus Yizkor
book. This now makes 53 titles that have been published by the YBIP Project
and made available to the public - a most commendable effort, I must say.

A further piece of encouraging news that I have to report is that in
December additional records were added to our Yizkor Book Main Name Index -
a database whose goal is to list the names appearing in the various Yizkor
books and serves as a very useful research tool. It is no easy task to
prepare such a database and I was grateful to Linda Richman for taking on
the coordination of this project which had been "orphaned" over a period.
With her enthusiasm and help >from her small team, she has allowed us to add
in 20,000 names into the database during 2016 and I do send out my sincere
thanks to Linda and her team for their commendable effort.

Finally, I must thank Max Heffler and his Necrology Database team for adding
in an additional 5,000+ plus names during 2016. This database includes the
names of the victims appearing in the various Yizkor book necrologies and,
once again, provides a useful and unique tool for researchers and as such,
we do appreciate the efforts that go into preparing this database.

And now for details of all the updates and additions that were carried out
in the Yizkor Book Project over December.

We have added in 2 new books:

- Ostrow-Mazowiecka, Poland (Ostrow Mazowiecka)

- Ozarow, Poland (Memories of Ozarow)

We have also added in 8 new entries:

- Bol'shoy Zhelutsk, Ukraine (Memorial book for the towns of Old Rafalowka,
New Rafalowka, Olizarka, Zoludzk and vicinity)

- Charsznica, Poland (Miechov Memorial Book, Charsznica and Ksiaz)

- Dolny Kubin, Slovakia (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Slovakia)

- Luninyets, Belarus (Memorial book of Luniniec / Kozhanhorodok) [Hebrew]

- Piatek, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume I)

- Plawno, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume I)

- Praszka, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume I)

- Velka Ida, Slovakia (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Slovakia)

We have continued to updated 32 of our existing projects:

- Biala Podlaska, Poland (Book of Biala Podlaska)

- Bialystok, Poland (The Bialystoker memorial book)

- Bransk, Poland (Brainsk; Book of Memories)

- Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

- Briceni, Moldova (Brichany: its Jewry in the first half of our century)

- Brody, Ukraine (An Eternal Light: Brody in Memoriam)

- Capresti, Moldova (Kapresht, our village; memorial book for the Jewish
community of Kapresht, Bessarabia)

- Chisinau, Moldova (The Jews of Kishinev)

- Chorzele, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Chorzel)

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)

- Czestochowa, Poland (Resurrection and Destruction in Ghetto Czestochowa)

- Czyzew-Osada, Poland (Czyzewo Memorial Book)

- Dobromil, Ukraine (Memorial book of Dobromil)

- Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zetel)

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

- Gostynin, Poland (Book of Gostynin)

- Kolki, Ukraine (Summoned >from the Ashes)

- Korets, Ukraine (The Korets book; in memory of our community that is no

- Lenin, Belarus (The community of Lenin; memorial book)

- Less than Human

- Lviv, Ukraine (Lwow Volume: Part I)

- Miechow, Charsznica & Ksiaz, Poland (Miechov Memorial Book, Charsznica and

- Novohrad-Volyns'kyy, Ukraine (Zvhil-Novogradvolinsk)

- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor)

- Ozerna, Ukraine (Memorial book of Jezierna)

- Pabianice, Poland (The Pabianice Book: A Memorial for a Community)

- Rokiskis, Lithuania (Yizkor book of Rakishok and environs)

- Soklowa Podlaski, Poland (Memorial book Sokolow-Podlask)

- Telsiai, Lithuania (Telsiai Book)

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

- Wyszkow, Poland (Wyszkow Book)

- Zbarazh, Ukraine (Zbaraz: the Zbaraz Memorial Book)

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at 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

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Fruitful 2017,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

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