Yizkor Book Report for February 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Although February is the shortest month, I think you’ll see that we were not short of activity over the last month. Many projects made great progress, coming that much closer to being fully completed.


Over the past few weeks, we were contacted by quite a few people interested in setting up a Translation Fund for the community book of their ancestors. The translation of complete Yizkor books does take time and, unavoidably, plenty of financial support but starting up these projects with great enthusiasm and dedication does yield results. If you, yourself, are interested in learning what is involved in starting up a translations project, please feel free to contact me.


The Yizkor books contain histories and stories about the communities and often particular names of people are mentioned. We need to remember, however, that the books were prepared by the Holocaust survivors who didn’t always remember every person who lived in the community. This is true, in particular, in regards to the necrology lists that were compiled by the survivors. Although these lists contain an unfathomable number of names of people killed in the Holocaust, because the compilation does rely on memories and not official registries, not all those who were lost appear in them. This is just a clarification for people who are looking for their family names but don’t find them in the necrology or in any section of the Yizkor book of their family’s community. For many others, the Yizkor books do provide a great deal of enlightening material on their families,

Finally, although I didn’t have a chance to wish you all a Purim Sameach and/or a Happy Purim,  I would now like to wish you and your families, albeit slightly  early, a Pesach Sameach and/ or a Happy Passover.


And now for details of what was carried out in February:

Yizkor Book updates

This month, 32 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Bar, Ukraine (Town of Bar: Jewish Pages Through The Prism Of Time)

·  Biała Podlaska, Poland (Book of Biala Podlaska)

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Chelm, Poland (Commemoration book Chelm)

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

·  Gabin, Poland (Gombin: The Life and Destruction of a Jewish Town in Poland)

·  Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Hlybokaye, Belarus  (The Destruction of Globokie)

·  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)

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

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz)

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

·  Oleksandriya, Ukraine (Memorial book of the community of Aleksandria)

·  Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an annihilated Jewish community)

·  Radom, Poland (The book of Radom)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

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

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

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

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

·  Szumsk, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)

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

·  Tuchin, Ukraine (Tuczin-Kripa, Wolyn; in Memory of the Jewish Community)

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

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Vidzy, Belarus (Widze Memorial Book)

·  Wołomin, Poland (Volomin; a memorial to the Jewish community of Volomin)

·  Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland (Wysokie-Mazowieckie; Memorial Book)

·  Zelów, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Zelow)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

New book

The following is a new complete book placed online during February.

New entries

The following are new entries placed online during February.


New Yizkor Book in Print

Each month, almost, new books “hit the shelves” through the driving force of the Yizkor Books in Print Project and, once again, I’m please to let you know of yet another book that was made available in February:

If you are interested in any of this book or any of the others that have been made available, please go t the YBIP main page using the link shown below. 

Important links

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

All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books




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