Yizkor Book Report for November 2020 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Active month follows active month in the Yizkor Book Project and, as always, there is much to let you know about. 


As I noted in previous reports, some of our translation projects are on the verge of completion and I’m pleased to let you know that in November, yet another project was completed.


This time, the book was for Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Ukraine (Akkerman and the Towns of its District; Memorial Book) Remarkably, this book was completely translated by some of our very dedicated and talented volunteer translators and they are: Sara Mages, Ala Gamulka, Yocheved Klausner and Judy Petersen.

Our regular report readers will certainly recognize the names of these good people who have contributed translations to an ever growing list of Yizkor book projects. We are deeply indebted to them for their ever willingness to assist with the translations. Yashar Koach (Bravo) to them! 

Last month, we were also fortunate to have been able to add in a number of new projects and I would like to outline two of them.


I am witness - This memoir was kindly donated to the YB Project by Avrum and Cecil Rosner and was written by their late mother, Mina Rosner. A memoir deals with the community of Buchach, Ukraine going through to the Holocaust period.

Nashelsk: a name, a city, a people eternal! - This short booklet was brought to our attention by Bear Hartman and it covers a community without its own Yizkor book as such. We are now in the process of placing the unique material it contains into a Yizkor Book Project.

Now for the November updates:

Yizkor Book updates

This month, 29 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Bedzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bendin) 

·  Biłgoraj, Poland (Destruction of Bilgoraj)

·  Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Ukraine (Akkerman and the Towns of its District; Memorial Book) 

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Chelm, Poland (Commemoration Book Chelm)

·  Ciechanowiec, Poland (Ciechanoviec-Bialystok District; Memorial and Records)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Kolki, Ukraine (Summoned from the Ashes)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Lithuania (Lite)

·  Makow Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Maków-Mazowiecki)

·  Novohrad-Volyns'kyy, Ukraine (Zvhil Novograd-Volynskiy)

·  Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Ostrow-Mazowiecka)

·  Ozerna, Ukraine (Memorial book of Jezierna) [Hebrew]

·  Rafalovka, Ukraine (Memorial book for the towns of Old Rafalowka, New Rafalowka, Olizarka, Zoludzk and vicinity)

·  Rypin, Poland (Rypin; a memorial to the Jewish Community of Rypin-Poland)

·  Sandomierz, Poland (Whenever I remember: Memorial book of the Jewish Community in Tzoyzmir)
Siedlce, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Siedlce)

·  Skalat, Ukraine (Skalat: A Memorial Anthology for a Community Destroyed in the Holocaust)

·  Skarzysko, Poland (The “Yischor” book in memoriam of the Jewish community of Skarzysko and its surroundings)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Warszawa, Poland (Jewish Warsaw that was; a Yiddish literary anthology)

·  Warszawa, Poland (Book of Warsaw)

·  Zgierz, Poland   (The Book of Zgierz, Volume II)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

New entry

The following is a new entry placed online during November 2020.

  • Maheriv, Ukraine (from “Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume I”)

New books

The following are new books placed online during November 2020.

New Yizkor Book in Print

The Yizkor Book in Print is the team that when a Yizkor Book is completely translated, they prepare and publish a hard copy of the translation. In addition, from time to time, the team is contacted by authors wishing to publish their book via the auspices of the YBIP Project.

As such, we are pleased to let you know that last month a new book was published about the community of Mainz, Germany:

  • Jews of Kaiserstrasse - A researched book, vividly details the stories of 300 Jewish residents of a single fabled street in Mainz

Just to let you know, the coordinator of the YBIP Project, Joel Alpert, whispered in my ear (virtually) that a number of titles are soon to be released, so do watch this space.


Volunteers are the people that make our project a reality and we are always looking for new people who can assist us to maintain and develop the project. So, if you would like to be involved somehow, please be in contact with me and we’ll see together how you can bring a meaningful contribution to this very important and unique project.


Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

Channuka Sameach/Happy Channuka,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books




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