Yizkor Book Report for May 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Quite often I am contacted by people looking for information on the ancestral community of their parents. In quite a few cases, I am able to point them in the direction of a translated Yizkor book of the very community they are looking for which assists them in learning more about the community and, on occasion, even about their own family.


Of course, we are not fortunate enough to have all of the Yizkor books translated but this is certainly  our goal. The information is waiting in these books, hidden behind the Yiddish and Hebrew, till we are able to translate it into English and other languages and enable a much wider audience access to its contents.

The thing is, of course, someone needs to lead the translation of these books and, fortunately, there are many dedicated volunteers who have taken on the task of leading the translation of these books. Still, there are many, many more of these books out there, just waiting for someone to take on this sacred task and if you would like to know more about what is involved, I would be pleased to hear from you.

From the projects that have been taken on I am fortunate, from time to time, to be able to announce the complete translation of a book and this month I can let you know about the following:

Berehove, Ukraine (The Jews of Berehovo - Beregszasz in pictures) This book which was single-handedly translated by Dorothy Gross Nadosy and, as the book name suggests, contains a great deal of pictures from life in the community before the Holocaust. We are very grateful for Dorothy for providing us with the translation and pictures, providing a glimpse into a community that was and is no longer.


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


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 31 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Berehove, Ukraine (The Jews of Berehovo - Beregszasz in pictures)

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

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

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

·  Edineţ, Moldova (Yad l'Yedinitz; memorial book for the Jewish community of Yedintzi, Bessarabia)

·  Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

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

·  Kalisz, Poland (The Kalish Book)

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

·  Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)

·  Krynki, Poland (Memorial Book of Krynki)

·  Kurów, Poland (Yiskor book in memoriam of our hometown Kurow)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Lesko, Poland (Memorial book; dedicated to the Jews of Linsk, Istrik and vicinity who perished in the Holocaust in the years 1939-1944)

·  Lviv, Ukraine (A memorial library of countries and communities, Poland Series: Lwow Volume)

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book) 

·  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)

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

·  Siedlce, Poland (On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce)

·  Slutsk, Belarus(Slutsk and Vicinity Memorial Book)

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

·  Tarnogród, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish community)

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

·  Telšiai, Lithuania (Telsiai Book; memorial epitaph of the Holy community)

·  Tyszowce, Poland (Tiszowic book)

·  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)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

·  Zyrardów, Poland (Memorial Book of Zyrardow, Amshinov and Viskit)

New book

The following is a new book placed online:


  • Kupiškis, Lithuania (This is Kupishok that was: Idylls from the life of our forefathers in Lithuania)


New Yizkor Books in Print

The never disappointing  Yizkor Books in Print Project team has, again, provided us three treasures:

If you are interested in these books or any of the others that have been made available, please go to 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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