Yizkor Book Report for December 2020 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




It seems that in a time that we are searching for optimism, I am very pleased to note that the Yizkor Book continued to grow and thrive during 2020 and the December achievements are a reflection of what took place, in general, over this past year. The Yizkor Book Project continues to be a hive of activity and some clear proof of this is the fact that in December, we saw the completion of no less than three translation projects:

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

The trio of Janet R. Perlmutter Schwartz, Neil H. Tannebaum and Henry Jorisch were behind this project from start to successful finish and we send out our appreciative thanks for their diligence and efforts in providing the complete translation of this book.

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

This time, we have the combined effort of Suri Edell-Greenberg and Talila Charap-Friedman, who after arranging the complete English translation of the Ozerna book turned their attention to preparing a complete Hebrew online version of this book. In doing so, Hebrew speakers who previously were unable to read the Yiddish sections, can now read them in their own language. Their dedication and persistence in seeing both of these projects to their successful completion is worthy of note.

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

Jerrold Jacobs previously solely supported the complete translation of the first volume of the Zgierz Yizkor book, and then continued his generous support so that  we now also have the complete translation of the second volume. I am confident that people with connections to this community are greatly appreciative of these “gifts” Jerrold has presented and I join with my personal grateful thanks.


Just to note, during 2020, there were 20 projects completed and as we are also aiming for higher I do hope that 2021 will see the completion of even greater numbers. I do know that there are quite a few projects with coordinators who very actively involved in leading the projects forward and am quite sure we’ll continue to see projects completed on a regular basis.

Now for the December updates:



Yizkor Book updates

This month, 24 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Bessarabia (he Jews in Bessarabia; between the world wars 1914-1940, volume I)

·  Biłgoraj, Poland (Destruction of Bilgoraj)

·  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)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Lviv, Ukraine (The Encyclopaedia of the Jewish Diaspora, Poland Series: Lwow Volume)

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

·  Nasielsk, Poland (Nashelsk: a name, a city, a people eternal!)

·  Nyasvizh, Belarus (The Nesvizh Yizkor Book)

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

·  Przytyk, Poland (Przytyk Memorial Book)

·  Radomysl Wielki, Poland (Radomysl Wielki and Neighborhood)

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

·  Siedlce, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Siedlce)

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

·  Sokołów Podlaski, Poland (Memorial Book Sokolow-Podlask)

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

·  Uhniv, Ukraine (Hivniv (Uhnow); memorial book to a community)

·  Ustilug, Ukraine (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)

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

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

New entries

The following are new entrues placed online during December 2020.

  • Chodecz, Poland (from “Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume IV”)
  • Krośniewice, Poland (from “Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume I”)
  • Tyachiv, Ukraine (from “The Marmaros Book; In Memory of 160 Jewish Communities”)


New book

The following is a new complete book placed online during December 2020.


Last month, the publishing of this book was announced and in parallel, we have now enabled the book to be freely read online.

New Yizkor Books in Print

On the subject of publishing
, the Yizkor Books in Print Project also had quite a remarkable year, ending it on an impressive upswing, making five books available, just in December alone.

The manager of the YBIP Project, Joel Alpert, pointed out to me that in a typical year around twelve books are published, whilst in 2020, there were no less than twenty-one books published. When we consider that this particular achievement was brought about by volunteers only, we should describe the achievements not only as remarkable but as extremely remarkable.

The following are the books that were published in December 2020


Important links

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

Wishing you all a markedly improved and healthier civil New Year,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books




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