Yizkor Book Project, September 2014


In my Yizkor Book Project reports I freely talk about Yizkor books on the assumption that everyone knows what I'm referring to. It seems, though, that I was misguided as I learnt from a message from someone a few weeks ago who wasn't all that clear as to what was being talked about. Therefore, to explain -  Yizkor books were written after the Holocaust as memorials to Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust and were usually compiled  by √©migr√© organizations from those communities and contain descriptions and histories of the community, biographies of prominent people, necrologies, photographs etc.  As such, they are an invaluable source of information for people who wish to learn about these communities and the people who lived within them. As most of the books were written in Yiddish and Hebrew, our mission is to make available the "treasures" they contain available to a much wider audience by translating them into English (and some other
languages) and this comes about thanks to a worldwide team of volunteers who share the vision behind the Yizkor Book Project.

Of course, as these books are quite often extremely long - 600 pages or more, the translation of them takes a great deal of time and financial resources. Each time we manage to place an entire book online, it is always a memorable milestone for our group and this past month two such projects were completed. So, I would like to take this opportunity to send out my many thanks to:

- Ann Belinsky and Harvey Spitzer for the incredible achievement of completely translating the Karelichy, Belarus Yizkor book
- Seth Morgulas and Helen Rosenstein Wolf for their mammoth task of preparing the text files from the English version of the Kozienice, Poland Yizkor book

Now to facts and figures for September.

During this last month we have added in 4 new projects:

- Beograd (Belgrade), Serbia (Historical Archives of Belgrade Remembrance Book of Holocaust Victims in Belgrade) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Belgrade/Belgrade.html

- Lask, Poland (Memorial Book of Lask)

- Sokolivka, Ukraine (Sokolievka / Justingrad; a century of struggle and suffering in a Ukrainian shtetl) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Sokolivka/Sokolivka.html

- Szydlowiec, Poland (Yizkor book Szydlowiec) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Szydlowiec1/Szydlowiec1.html

Added in 5 new entries:

- Abramowo, Belarus (Jewish Settlements in the North and South-West Provinces (1835 - 1890)) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/belarus1/bel001.html

- Augustow, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume IV) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol4_00126.html

- Lotovo, Belarus (Jewish Settlements in the North and South-West Provinces

- Sarowo, Belarus (Jewish Settlements in the North and South-West Provinces

- Suchowola, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume

We have continued to update 19 of our existing projects:

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czestochowa1/Czestochowa1.html

- Czyzew-Osada, Poland (Czyzewo Memorial Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czyzew/Czyzew.html

- Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland (In Memory of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/golub_dobrzyn/golub_dobrzyn.html

- Gorlice, Poland (Gorlice book; the community at rise and fall) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/gorlice/gorlice.html

- Jadow, Poland (The Book of Jadow)

- Karelichy, Belarus (Korelitz; the life and destruction of a Jewish

- Klobuck, Poland (The Book of Klobucko; in memory of a martyred community which was destroyed) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/klobuck/klobuck.html

- Kozienice, Poland (The book of Kozienice; The birth and the destruction of a Jewish community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kozienice/kozienice.html

- Latvia (The Jews in Latvia)

- Lenin, Belarus (The community of Lenin; memorial book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/lenin/lenin.html

- Lviv, Ukraine (Lwow Volume: Part I)

- Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland (Mezritsh Book, in Memory of the Martyrs of our City) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski.html

- Ozerna, Ukraine (Memorial book of Jezierna) http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Ozerna/Ozernah.html [Hebrew]

- Sanok, Poland (Memorial Book of Sanok and Vicinity) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/sanok/sanok.html

- Stryy, Ukraine (Book of Stryj)

- Szydlowiec, Poland (Szydlowiec Memorial Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Szydlowiec/Szydlowiec.html

- Turets, Belarus (Book of Remembrance - Tooretz-Yeremitz) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Turets/Turets.html

- Turka, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Turka on the Stryj and

- Wlodawa, Poland (Yizkor book in memory of Vlodava and region) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Wlodawa/wlodowa.html

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find them. 
-  All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
-  Yizkor Book Translation Funds
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go online.

Lance Ackerfeld 
Yizkor Book Project Manager

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