Yizkor Book Report for August 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates


Yizkor Book Project 

Summary for August 2021


by Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books




I’m not sure that I believe myself the incredible progress we have made in our project over the past month but the new and updated listings below in black and white definitely confirm this. 


Apart from the updates, I am extremely excited and honored to inform you that Jack Berger (Jacob Solomon Berger) has graciously donated his complete book on Zelva, Belarus - the “Zelva Memorial Book” to the Yizkor Book Project. I’m sure many others will join me in thanking Jack for his generosity in making this extensive translation available. I am also pleased to note that he has offered to donate other books of his to our project which is really wonderful news. Please continue to check the coming monthly reports to learn more about these.

The next piece of good news from the past month was the completion of an additional Yizkor book. The translation project of this book on Braslaw, Belarus - “Darkness and desolation” was originally initiated by Eilat Gordin Levitan and in relatively recent times, it was taken on by Jeff Deitch. Jeff  financially supported translations and took great care into providing translations that are as accurate and informative as possible. For all this, I salute Jeff for his diligence and thank him for bringing this project to its successful completion.

There are now quite a few other projects that are very close to completion and, hopefully, I will be able to share happy news about them in coming reports. There are other projects that are “yearning” for financial support to get them moving and if you have a community book that is close to your heart and is listed amongst our
Yizkor Book Translation Funds, please help us by donating towards the professional translation of these books. Thank you in advance!


Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year that, we all hope, will ultimately be far happier and healthier than the last few.

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


New entries

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

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



New book

The following is a new book placed online:


Zelva, Belarus (Zelva Memorial Book)


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 34 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Augustów, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Region)

·  Babi Yaar, Ukraine (Memory Book: Babi Yar)

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

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Brzesko, Poland (Memorial book of Briegel-Brzesko and vicinity)

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

·  Hrubieszów, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

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

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

·  Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)

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

·  Lakhva, Belarus (First ghetto to revolt, Lachwa)

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

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz) 

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book)

·  Mahilyow, Belarus (25th Anniversary Book of the Moghileff Brotherhood) 

·  Nyasvizh, Belarus (The Nesvizh Yizkor Book) 

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

·  Radekhov, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Radikhov)

·  Radom, Poland (The book of Radom)

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

·  Sălaj, Romania (Memorial book of Salaj-Szilagy Jewry)

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

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

·  Siedlce, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Siedlce)

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

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

·  Shums'k, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)

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

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

·  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)

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

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)


Important links

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

Shana Tova U’Metuka (A Good and Sweet New Year) 

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books




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