Project Update: Yizkor Books

Posted by Lance Ackerfeld
It seems to me to be significant that this monthly report comes in conjunction with Yom Hashoa [Holocaust Day]. The Yizkor Book Project continues, throughout the year, to ensure that our loved ones and communities that were destroyed in the Holocaust are not forgotten. The wide scope of the project, as shown in this report, is certainly testimony to this fact.
Now, if it so happens that the community close to your heart doesn't appear in our Translations Index
or the existing translation is only partial, and you feel you can help organizing or translating or financially supporting a project, I'm waiting to hear from you. I will certainly do what I can to see that "your"
community Yizkor Book joins the many hundreds already appearing online.
Note, that it is possible to financially support our translation projects
and we are grateful for any sum you are able to donate.
One Yizkor Book that has now been completely translated is the Sokoly Yizkor Book - and Avigdor and Laia Ben-Dov, who have behind this project for many years are to be highly commended for seeing this through to its successful completion. This month also, we have gratefully received a full translation for the Khmelnytskyy, Ukraine (Proskurov) book and the complete English version of the Ostrolenka Yizkor book and the first sections of these books have already been put online. I can also tell you that other full translations are on their way in the near future and so, as always, keep watching this space.
Also this month, I'm pleased to announce that in the last quarter, some 3,400 names have been added to the Yizkor Book necrology database at  This unique database is maintained and updated by the tireless team of Max Heffler and Ernie Fine and this quarter they have added in the names from the following
  • Bivolari, Moldavia - 344
  • Derecske, Hungary - 271
  • Lukow, Poland - 173
  • Siemiatycze, Poland - 1165
  • Tluszcz, Poland - 168
  • Turiysk, Ukraine - 455
  • Zborow, Poland - 821
 And on the subject of necrologies, we continue to look for volunteers able to assist us in transliterating the many lists we have and make the lists available to the public. If you are familiar with transliterating, Excel and have some time to help out, I would more than very pleased to hear from you.

Now to the April figures. During this last month we have added these 8 newprojects:
  • Glinyany, Ukraine (In the Diaspora and in the Homeland) 
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora - Booklet 3)
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora - Booklet 4)
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora - Booklet 14)
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora - Booklet 15)
  • Lodz, Poland (Lodzer Yiskor Book)
  • Lodz, Poland (Yiddish Lodz; a Yizkor Book)
  • Ostrolenka, Poland (Book of Kehilat Ostrolenka; Yizkor Book of the Jewish Community of Ostrolenka)
Added in 22 new entries:
  • Andrychów, Poland (Memorial Book of the Communities Wadowice, Andrychow, Kalwarja, Myslenice, Sucha)
  • Joniskis, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kartena, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Katloverne, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Katautiske, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kaunotavas, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kavarskas, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kazlu-Ruda, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kazokiskes, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kazyliai, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Keturvalakiai, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita) 
  • Khbodky, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kiduliai, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kovli, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kutrtzy, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Kvedarna, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Labanoras, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Labinava, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Laibiskes, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Lampedziai, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Lanciunava, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
  • Laukeliskiai, Lithuania (Pinkas Lita)
We have continued to update 23 of our existing projects:
  • Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)
  • Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland (Book of the Jewish community of Dabrowa Gornicza and its destruction)
  • Dotnuva, Lithuania (Letters from Dotnuva)
  • Gorodets, Belarus (Horodetz; history of a town, 1142-1942)
  • Grudki, Poland (Horodok; in memory of the Jewish community)
  • Kaluszyn, Poland (The Memorial Book of Kaluszyn)[French]
  • Katowice, Poland (Katowice: the Rise and Decline of the Jewish community; Memorial Book)
  • Khmelnytskyy, Ukraine  (The destruction of Proskurov)
  • Kolbuszowa, Poland (Kolbuszowa Memorial Book)
  • Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)
  • Kovel', Ukraine (Kowel; Testimony and Memorial Book of Our Destroyed Community)
  • Lenin, Belarus (The community of Lenin; memorial book)
  • Lowicz, Poland (Lowicz; a Town in Mazovia, Memorial Book)
  • Lviv, Ukraine (Lwow Volume: Part I)
  • Ostrow-Mazowiecka, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Ostrow-Mazowiecka)
  • Rafalovka, Ukraine (Memorial book for the towns of Old Rafalowka, New Rafalowka, Olizarka, Zoludzk and vicinity)
  • Ratno, Ukraine (Ratno; Story of a Destroyed Jewish Community)
  • Sokoly, Poland (Sokoly: In the Fight for Life)
  • Svir, Poland (Our Townlet Swir)
  • Tarnogrod, Poland  (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish community) 
  • Tykocin, Poland (Memorial book of Tiktin)
  • Vileyka, Belarus  (Memorial Book of the community of Vileyka)
  • Zelechow, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Zelechow) [Polish]
To access the Yizkor Book project, please click here.

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