Announcing the publication of the translation of the Yizkor Book: Devenishki Book: Memorial for a Village #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project of JewishGen is proud to announce
the publication of its105th title, Devenishki Book: Memorial for a
Translation of Sefer Divenishok; yad vashem le-ayara yehudit
(Dieveniskes, Lithuania)

Translation of Sefer Divenishok; yad vashem le-ayara yehudit
Original Yizkor Book Published by
Divenishok Societies of Israel and the United States: 1977 Israel
Original Yizkor Book Editor: David Shtokfish
Translation Coordinator and Editor: Adam Cherson
Translation Layout, Cover Design, and Indexing: Adam Cherson
Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 660 pages with all original illustrations and

List Price: $65.95, available from JewishGen for $37

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Around 1650, Jews fleeing Podolian and Ukrainian pogroms began
populating the Vilna area, including Divenishok. After the Russian
Empire assumed control of the region in 1795, Jews were prohibited
from living in small villages, forcing more Jews to move into
Divenishok. By the time the Germans arrived in 1941, there were about
1,200 Jews living in the town, but by mid-1942, after a presence of
300 years, the Jews of Divenishok were gone, many having been murdered
in mass graves or gas chambers. How did this happen?

One descendant of the town explains things this way:

…we must attempt to explain and answer the question plaguing every Jew
who was not in the valley of death; “How was an entire nation led as
lambs to the slaughter?

” Well, it must be said once and for all in a loud voice to our
brethren, the People of Zion, and the Sons of Ishmael should hear and
listen: our loved ones did not go as lambs to slaughter!
The heroic acts by individuals, uprisings in the ghettos and death
camps, the thousands of Jewish partisans who served the resistance
movement across occupied Europe, 1.5 million volunteers, soldiers and
officers on all fronts serving the Allied Forces are the answer to the
big and terrible lie!
Our nation had a significant role in ending the Third Reich.
We have sinned an unforgivable sin against ourselves by
overemphasizing the events of the Holocaust over the bravery in WWII.
(MY Itskovitsh, p. 207)
This Divenishok Memorial Book is a passionately written multi-author
testament to the courage and suffering of a people out-numbered,
out-gunned, and out-supplied, who put up a fierce fight, and continued
fighting until eventually finding homes in Israel, the Americas, South
Africa, and Australia.

Nearby Jewish Communities:
Byenyakoni, Belarus 11 miles WNW
Salcininkai 12 miles NW
Voranava, Belarus 12 miles WSW
Traby, Belarus 13 miles ESE
Lipnishki, Belarus 14 miles S
Halshany, Belarus 17 miles ENE
Iwye, Belarus 19 miles SSE
Ashmyany, Belarus 20 miles NE
Laibiskes 20 miles N
Jasiunai 21 miles NW
Gav'ya, Belarus 24 miles S
Eisiskes 25 miles W
Vishneva, Belarus 25 miles E
Lida, Belarus 25 miles SSW
Zhuprany, Belarus 26 miles NE
Radun, Belarus 27 miles WSW
Krevo, Belarus 28 miles ENE
Rudamina 29 miles NNW
Bakshty, Belarus 29 miles SE

Packed with history; this book opens a unique window to life in this
shtetl. A must-read! Certainly a welcome gift to the relative who
would appreciate this unique history of their shtetl. A perfect Purim
gift for family.

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project

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