JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Two New Yizkor Books Published #general

Donald & Sandra Hirschhorn <sdh2381@...>

Dear Genners,
I'm pleased to advise that two new titles have joined the ranks of hard
cover books published by the Yizkor Books in Print Project part of the
Yizkor Books Project of JewishGen, Inc.

The first is: "Brest-Litovsk - Volume II Encyclopedia of the Jewish
Diaspora" a translation of Brisk de-Lita: Encyclopedia Shel Galuyot. The
original Yiddish volume was edited by Elieser Steinman and published in
Jerusalem in 1958. The name of the town, Brest-Litovsk, indicates its link
with Lithuania. Although founded by the Slavs in 1017 and invaded by the
Mongols in 1241, it became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1319, and
in 1569 it became the capital of the unified Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The town is also known as "Brisk," in Yiddish to the Jews who lived and
thrived there for six centuries. Jewish "Brisk" had an illustrious history;
the famous Brisker Yeshivah attracted scholars >from all over Europe. The
list of Rabbis of Brest includes Solomon Luria and Joel Sirkes, in earlier
periods, the Katzenellenbogens, and three generations of the Soloveitchik
dynasty in more recent times. Brest also produced Jacob Epstein the great
Talmudist at the Hebrew University, Menachem Begin, and many other major
religious, literary and political leaders. In 1923, Jews made up 60% of
Brest's population of 60,000. Brest, Belarus is located 203 mi SW of Minsk.

This book was written by Brest survivors and former residents >from many
countries who contributed their memories of their hometown as a record for
future generations, and as testament and loving tribute to the innocent
Victims of the Shoah. It is a must read for researchers of the town and
descendants of "Briskers."

The list price is $56.95. This title is available at Amazon for around $41.
(Be sure to check there may be lower prices elsewhere.) It is also available
at Barnes & Noble. Finally, check the JewishGen website for further
information and non-U.S. sources.

The second title is "Grayewo Memorial (Yizkor) Book" It is a translation of
Grayeve yisker-bukh (Grayewo Memorial Book) Editor: Dr. George Gorin, New
York. Originally published by: United Grayever Relief Committee, 1950.
Grajewo is located 114 mi NNE of Warsaw in Poland. Alternate names for the
town are: Grajewo [Polish], Grayavah [Yiddish], Graevo [Russian], Grayeve,

Jews have been living in Grajewo, in the province of Bialystok, Poland since
the late 17th century. The 1765 census counted 83 Jewish people and by 1857,
the number had grown to 1,457 comprising 76% of the town's population. By
1921, the percentage of Jews had decreased to 39%.

During the Soviet occupation, between September 1939 and June 1941, Jewish
businesses were nationalized. The Nazi invasion of Grajewo on 22 June 1941
marked the beginning of the devastation and horrors thrust upon the Jewish
population. Within a few months, 1,600 to 2,000 Jews had been sent to the
transit camp at Bogosza and on to the extermination camps at Treblinka and

The list price is $49.95, available on Amazon for around $36. Again, see for further
information and non-U.S. sources.

You can see the full range of books printed through our Yizkor Books in
Print Project at:

Sandra Hirschhorn
Publicity Specialist
Yizkor-Books-in-Print Project of

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