Yizkor Book Update - April & May 2020 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Nancy Siegel

Yizkor Book Update - April and May 2020

by Binny Lewis

Dear JewishGen Community,

The JewishGen Yizkor Book Team has been very active in the past two months. Here are some highlights of what we have accomplished and are continuing to work on.

At JewishGen.org, among our biggest priorities is the translation of Yizkor Books, which were written to perpetuate the legacy of Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust. See: https://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/

Summary of Recent Progress

  • In April and May 2020, we translated 1084 pages in 23 books - which are freely available online via the JewishGen site. A list of updated books can be found at the end of this report.

  • The Priority Book List for which projects we will work on next is being finalized and announced in the coming weeks.

  • We have brought on 7 more translators to the team bringing the total to over 30 active Translators!

Translations Completed in April and May

Yizkor Books Available Online or in Hard Copy

JewishGen is pleased to announce the release of 2 fully translated Yizkor Books now available in hard copy. To view a list of all books available in hard copy, please click here

Books Published in April & May include:


I would like to dedicate this monthly update to the memory of two amazing women who have recently been taken from us in these difficult times. They will remain forever in our hearts.

My grandmother, Rebbetzin Leona Bomzer O”BM, who inspired her family to always put education above all else.

My wife’s grandmother, Bubby Fayge Fogel O”BM, a Holocaust survivor, who taught us that life can be rebuilt and regrown from the ashes. 

We are expanding the Yizkor Book Team!!

We are working on many upcoming projects, including a Priority Book List to translate, New Workflow, Web Redesign and more. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the Yizkor Book Project, please see the information below:

Perhaps your skills can be of assistance?

  • We need volunteers with lots of skills!! Are you interested in being a translator for Yizkor books? Do you have a background in coding or web development? If you would like to dedicate your time and skills please apply to volunteer by following this link:

Want to lead a Yizkor Book Project?

  •  If you are interested in being a Project Coordinator, please see this “Getting Started Guide” which should start you on the journey.

Become a supporter today!


Yizkor Book Translation Project

To view all ongoing Yizkor Book translation projects, go to:

If there are any mistakes in this report, please feel free to reach out so I can correct the information appropriately as soon as possible.

All the best,

Binny Lewis

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



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