JewishGen Talks: Zachor-Yizkor Books as Collective Memory of a Lost World #JewishGenUpdates #education

Avraham Groll

We invite you to attend a special presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars:
Zachor: Yizkor Books as Collective Memory of a Lost World
Speakers: Joyce Field, Lance Ackerfeld, Joel Alpert
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
2:00 pm Eastern Time (New York)
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
About the Talk
Yizkor (Memorial) Books document and memorialize hundreds of Jewish communities destroyed by the Nazis. Compiled from memory by groups of former residents of each town in the immediate decades after the Holocaust, Yizkor Books are some of the best sources for learning about pre-war Jewish life in Eastern and Central Europe. Of the more than 1,500 Yizkor Books in existence, hundreds have been completely or partially translated into English by JewishGen and more than 100 translated editions are now available in print.

Join Joyce Field, former JewishGen VP for Research and Data Acquisition and Yizkor Book Project Manager, Lance Ackerfeld, Director of the Yizkor Book Project, and Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project, for a program exploring the history, evolution, and impact of Yizkor Books.
About the Speakers
Joyce Field lives in West Lafayette, IN and was associated with JewishGen from 1997-2008. Joyce became a JewishGen Vice President of Research in August 1999. She supervised three major projects for JewishGen: the Yizkor Book Translations Project, the Holocaust Database, and the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR). Joyce was presented two prestigious awards for her work with JewishGen. In 2002 the Yizkor Book Project received the IAJGS Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy Award. IAJGS is the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies. In 2009, she was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by IAJGS.
Lance Ackerfeld was born in Australia and settled on Kibbutz Yiftah, Israel in 1977 where he has lived with his family since then. By day, he is presently a senior database and BI expert in the global “Netafim” company and after work, devotes time to the Yizkor Book Project in which he has been involved in various capacities since 1999 and has led the project for more than 10 years.
Joel Alpert is a retired electrical engineer, who worked for MIT, Raytheon, the Israeli Armaments Authority and Bell Laboratories. He was born and educated in Wisconsin, lived in Israel, Boston and Tucson. He created the Yizkor-Books-In-Print project in 2012 and is now the coordinator of the project.
Registration is free with a suggested donation.

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