Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Yizkor Book Project, May 2016 #galicia

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>

[MODERATOR NOTE: Please see especially the listings below of towns
that were once in Galicia -- Brody (Ukraine) and Myslenice, Nowy Sacz,
Oswiecim, and Tarnow (Poland).]


After a prolonged period in which our Yizkor Books Main Name Index
(YBMNI) has been left "orphaned", Linda Richman has kindly taken the
helm as project coordinator and I'm pleased to inform you that last month
quite a few thousand entries were added to this index which now includes
more than 90,000 records. For those of you unfamiliar with the YBNMNI,
it was set up as a way for researchers to find where particular family
names appear in the various Yizkor books. As you can imagine, a great
deal of painstaking work is required to extract the names >from the
translations, setup them up in lists and pass them on to be uploaded to
the YBMNI database. If you would be interested in joining the team
carrying this out, I would be very glad to hear >from you. In the meantime,
you can check the index out for yourself at:

Apart >from this index, I would like to remind you that we also have the
necrology index which contains the names appearing in the various Yizkor
book necrologies - another invaluable research tool. This particular project
is led by the indefatigable Max Heffler and contains more than 345,000
entries, is regularly updated and can be found at:

In both these projects, the hard and finicky work of volunteers is what
allows us to make these indexes available. Over the years there have been
around 600 volunteers involved in these projects and in the Yizkor Book
Project, in general, and we do like to recognize their contribution by
listing them in our list of volunteers:

We have made every effort to make sure all the volunteers are listed and if,
for some unknown reason, you have volunteered but you aren't listed,
please let me know. In the meantime, dear volunteers - thank you for all
you do!

And now for all the changes and additions that were carried out in the
Yizkor Book Project over May.

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

- Myslenice, Poland (Scroll of Myslenice)

- Wislica, Poland (Scroll of Wislica)

We have also added in 4 new entries:

- Osiek, Poland (The Staszow book)

- Pacov, Czech Republic
(The Jews and Jewish Communities of Bohemia in the past and present)

- Szydlow, Poland (The Staszow book)

- Tekovske Sarluhy, Slovakia
(Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Slovakia)

We have continued to updated 28 of our existing projects:

- Biala Podlaska, Poland (Book of Biala Podlaska)

- Bransk, Poland (Brainsk; Book of Memories)

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

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)

- Czyzew-Osada, Poland (Czyzewo Memorial Book)

- Goniadz, Poland (Our hometown Goniondz)

- Gostynin, Poland (Book of Gostynin)

- Kalisz, Poland (The Kalish book)

- Kisvarda, Hungary (Memorial Book of the Jews of Kisvarda and its Vicinity)

- Less than Human

- Lowicz, Poland (Lowicz; a Town in Mazovia, Memorial Book)

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

- Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland
(Mezritsh Book, in Memory of the Martyrs of our City)

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

- Nowy Sacz, Poland
(Blood Stained Feathers; The Life Story of a Shoah Survivor)

- Oswiecim, Poland (Oswiecim; Auschwitz memorial book)

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

- Radyvyliv, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Radzivilov)

- Ratno, Ukraine (Ratno; Story of a Destroyed Jewish Community)

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

- Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

- Sobrance, Slovakia (The Unlikely Hero of Sobrance)

- Staszow, Poland (The Staszow book)

- Tarnow, Poland (The life and decline of a Jewish city)

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

- Vysotsk, Ukraine (Our Shtetl; Vysotsk memorial book)

- Zabrze, Poland (Zabrze Yizkor Book)

- Zelechow, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Zelechow) [Polish]

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at
to make it easy to find them.
- 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

Happy Shavuot,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

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