Yizkor Book Report for April 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Looking through our Yizkor Projects, I am in awe of the huge amount of work still ahead of us in order to complete the momentous number of projects we have running. On the other hand, I am very encouraged to see that, from time to time and including this past month, we managed to complete some further translation projects, and they are:

Chelm, Poland (Commemoration book Chelm) This project which was coordinated over many years by Leah Z. Davidson and after many years of effort, we have managed to see the complete translation online. We do thank Leah for her many years of dedication to this project.


Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland (Wysokie-Mazowieckie; Memorial Book) Begun many years ago by Ada Holtzman z”l and recently, Sandy Levin gratefully took on this project and was able to bring it through to its successful completion. So hats off to Sandy.

Some projects end, and a new project begins. Recently, a dedicated Translations Fund was set up for the Yedinitz (Edineţ), Moldova Yizkor book by a team with high hopes of completely translating this book into English. If you have connections to this community, I’m quite sure your financial support to this combined effort would be much appreciated. Please see the link to support this or any of the other translation funds we have running, please go to the Yizkor Book Translation Funds page.


From time to time, we add in translations of necrologies of Holocaust victims to the projects and I would like to point out the recent addition of the necrology from the Vidzy, Belarus Yizkor book which apart immortalizing the names of the victims is also, a genealogical aide providing such information as familiar relationships. I would like to thank Rabbi Shalom Bronstein for preparing this necrology translation and also for the many he has prepared over the years.


Before going on to outline details of last month’s achievements, I would like to point out the addition of an article by Joel Alpert, our Yizkor Book in Print Coordinator, who has kindly added his article (from “Avotaynu”. Winter 2020, Vol. XXXVI number 4) on Yizkor books to our Yizkor Book Insights collection. It is definitely worth reading through his article and also the other articles appearing there - perhaps you will be inspired to become involved in the Yizkor Book Project, and of course, you would be warmly welcomed.

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


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 37 existing projects were updated and they were:

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

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

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

·  Bilgoraj, Poland (Destruction of Bilgoraj)

·  Chelm, Poland (Commemoration book Chelm)

·  Dubno, Ukraine (Dubno; a memorial to the Jewish community of Dubno, Wolyn)

·  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)

·  Kalisz, Poland (The Kalish Book)

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

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

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

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

·  Mińsk Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial Book in Memory of the destroyed Jewish Community of Minsk-Mazowiecki)

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz)

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book)

·  Myślenice, Poland (Memorial Book of the Communities Wadowice, Andrychow, Kalwarja, Myslenice, Sucha)

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

·  Przedecz, Poland (Memorial book to the Holocaust victims of the city of Pshaytsh)

·  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)

·  Skala Podolskaya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Skala)

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

·  Sokolivka, Ukraine (Sokolievka/Justingrad)

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

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

·  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)

·  Vidzy, Belarus (Widze Memorial Book)

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

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

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

·  Żychlin, Poland (The memorial book of Zychlin)


New book

The following is a new complete book placed online:

New entries

The following are new entries placed online:

  • Brześć Kujawski, Poland (from “Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume IV”)
  • Ludza, Latvia (from “Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Latvia and Estonia”)
  • Nirza, Latvia (from “Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Latvia and Estonia”)


New Yizkor Books in Print

I am pleased to report that the Yizkor Book in Print Project had an extremely productive month with three new books becoming available:

If you are interested in this book 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




David Harrison

Is there is a kind UK member of this discussion group who has a PayPal account, which I do not have and which seems to be required rather than a normal bank card?  I would dearly like to purchase a copy of this book because my grandfather left Kalisz before 1896 (when my father was born in Berlin in that year).  I understand that his mother and the rest of the family stayed behind and this book might help my further searches by giving me some of their given names.  If there is such a member, can they please privately email me and then we can agree a payment system. 

 Yours hopefully

David Harrison, Birmingham, England


New Yizkor Books in Print

I am pleased to report that the Yizkor Book in Print Project had an extremely productive month with three new books becoming available:




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