Yizkor Book Report for June 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates


Yizkor Book Project 

Summary for June 2021


by Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



During June, a steady and, seemingly, unending stream of new translations reached my “desk”. The task of placing them online was left to our tiny but very dedicated html team - Jason Hallgarten and Max Heffler. These gentlemen are responsible for the “behind the scenes” magic of preparing the web pages to go online. I do thank them for the great work they’ve been doing for many years now and continue to do on a day to day basis.

In June, also, I was pleased to read that Max Wald, who is the Biała Podlaska Project Coordinator received the Medal of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to his country and the broader Jewish Community. I have been in contact with Max for many years and he has always been very affable and extremely active in moving the Biała Podlaska project forward. I send out my own personal salute for this important and notable award.


Probably the most important goal of the Yizkor Book Project is to make the Yizkor book material freely and as widely accessible as possible. As such, we were fortunate in June to be able to add in material in both the Polish and Hebrew languages to enable us to reach an even greater audience. From time to time, we do receive material in languages other than English and these are always a welcome addition to the YB Project.


Last month, we added in a new book - the “Memory Book: Babi Yar”. The book is in memory of the tens of thousands of Jews who were killed in this ravine near Kiev, Ukraine and we have begun adding in the unfathomable list of names that are included in this book. The list, apart from the list of names, does include other details like the victim’s age and address, making it significant from a genealogical point of view, as well.


As a final note, at the IAJGS conference in August, we will be meeting up for a “Birds of a Feather” Yizkor Book Project meeting on Thursday, Aug 05, 2021 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM EDT. It will be a chance to meet up with other people involved in the project to share ideas and initiatives and do hope you will join us there.



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


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 30 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Biłgoraj, Poland (Destruction of Bilgoraj)

·  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)

·  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)

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

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

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

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

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

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book) 

·  Nyasvizh, Belarus (The Nesvizh Yizkor Book) 

·  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)

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

·  Sokolivka, Ukraine (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)

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

·  Włocławek, Poland (Memories of Wloclawek and Beyond)

·  Yavoriv, Ukraine (Monument to the community of Jaworow and the surrounding region)

·  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:

New entries

The following are new entries placed online:

New Yizkor Books in Print

Once again, another book has been welcomed to the ever growing list of Yizkor book translations that have been published.

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





Hi Lance,

Where can we read a listing of all the Yizkor Books available?

Brianna Knoppow
Washington DC, USA (from Michigan, USA)