Yizkor Book Project

Posted by: Lance Ackerfeld


As our ultimate aim in the Yizkor Book Project is to see complete translations of books online, it's particularly gratifying when we do reach this goal and, in this past month, we managed to achieve it twice. The first project was the Csenger, Hungary Yizkor book (Memorial Book of the Martyrs of Csenger, Porcsalma and Vicinity) whose translation was gratefully donated by Renee and Stan Fishkind, and the second was the Gorodets, Belarus Yizkor book (Horodetz; history of a town, 1142-1942) which was translated in its entirety by Hannah Kadmon and Eugene Sucov and my high praise goes out to all these people for seeing these projects to their successful completion.

This means that we now have just over 80 projects that are complete books and there are many others now that are close to completion, with yet many others for which the road ahead to reach this goal is long and winding. Of course, reaching this goal requires many, many hours of volunteer and professional work but actually achieving this is very, very gratifying and will provide a fountain of knowledge to so many.  These days we are also offering the option to print hardcopies of the completed translations, something which has proven to be very popular and we're very encouraged by the positive response received, so far, to these carefully prepared and presented volumes. If you wish to learn more about the YBIP (Yizkor Books in
Print) Project, you are welcome to visit by clicking here .

Over the last month or so, a number of new Translation Fund projects have been set up to enable people to help some of the Yizkor Book projects along financially. The projects recently added were for the following books:

- Dumbraveni, Moldova (There once was a town - a descriptive monograph of the town of Dombroven)
- Glinyany, Ukraine (In the Diaspora and in the Homeland)
- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor)

If you would like to know more about these projects or any of the others that are currently running, you are invited to visit the JewishGen-erosity page

Finally, I would assume that this report finds many of you preparing for their trip to the 32nd IAJGS International Conference. Unfortunately, I will not be there but Jan Meisels Allen has kindly agreed to lead the Yizkor Book Birds of a Feather meeting and hope as many of you will take part and be enriched by Jan's wide knowledge in this field. Other than that, I do wish all of the participants in the conference a very fruitful and rewarding experience.

Now to facts and figures As far as the June figures go, during this last month we have added these 4 new projects:

- Bialystok, Poland (The Bialystoker memorial book) 

- Bonyhad, Hungary (Bonyhad: a destroyed community; the Jews of Bonyhad,

- Gyor, Hungary (Victims of Fascism in Gyor and Environs 1944-45) 

- Hajduboszormeny, Hungary (Out of the depth) 

Added in 6 new entries:

- Causeni, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

- Kupiskis, Lithuania (Jewish Cities, Towns and Villages in Lithuania until

- Snyatyn, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume II) 

- Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in

- Tarutyne, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

- Tighina, Moldova(Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

We have continued to update 30 of our existing projects:

- Bedzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bedzin) 

- Berezhany, Ukraine  (Brzezany Memorial Book)

- Csenger, Hungary(Memorial Book of the Martyrs of Csenger, Porcsalma and

- Debica, Poland  (The Book of Dembitz)

- Disna, Belarus (Disna; memorial book of the community)

- Dotnuva, Lithuania (Letters from Dotnuva)

- Drogobych, Ukraine (Memorial to the Jews of Drohobycz, Boryslaw, and

- Galicia, Poland  (Rabka Four - Instruments of Genocide and Grand Larceny) 

- Gargzdai, Lithuania (Gorzd book; A memorial to the Jewish community of

- Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland (In Memory of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob) 

- Gorodets, Belarus (Horodetz; history of a town, 1142-1942)

- Halmeu, Romania (In memory of the communities of Halmin-Turcz and

- Kaluszyn, Poland (The Memorial Book of Kaluszyn) 

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

- Lyubcha, Belarus  (Lubtch and Delatich; in memory of the Jewish community) 

- Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland(Mezritsh Book, in Memory of the Martyrs of our City) 

- Molchadz, Belarus (Molchadz, In Memory of the Jewish Community) 

- Nowy Sacz, Poland(Sandzer Memorial Journal) 

- Oradea, Romania (A city and yesterday; memorial book to the Jews of

- Ostrolenka, Poland (Book of Kehilat Ostrolenka; Yizkor Book of the Jewish Community of Ostrolenka)

- Przedecz, Poland  (Memorial book to the Holocaust victims of the city of

- Rava-Ruska, Ukraine (Rawa Ruska Memorial Book) 

- Rubiezewicze, Belarus (Rubiezewicze, Derevna and surroundings) 

-Serock, Poland (The book of Serock)

- Sokolka, Poland (Memorial Book of Sokolka) 

- Staszow, Poland  (The Staszow book)

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

- Suwalki, Poland (Memorial book of Suvalk)

- Tarnogrod, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish

- Zawiercie, Poland(Yizkor Book of the Holy Community of Zawiercie and

Please remember that all this month's additions and updates have been flagged here to make it easy to find them.

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

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