Thursday, August 25, 2011

Update: Yizkor Book Project

Posted by Lance Ackerfeld
Shalom,
Whilst the Guinness Book of Records Team are seemingly quite apathetic to our impressive figure of 73 new books, entries and updated projects during July 2011, we at the Yizkor Book Project, are more than very pleased with this achievement.
Indeed, there were a number of milestones that took place this month as we completed adding in the last set of the 18 Kremenets booklets (details below), thanks to the dedicated coordination of Ron Doctor, the meticulous editing by Ellen Garshick and excellent translations by Sara Mages, Thia Persoff and others. The work on these booklets continues as we speak and we look forward to seeing further additions to them as time goes on.
This month also saw the culmination of two online Yizkor Books. The first being the "Memorial Book of the Community of Ostrow-Mazowiecka" book which was coordinated by Judie Goldstein, who also did the bulk of the translations in this project and who deserves a heartfelt "yashar koach" for seeing the project through to its successful completion. I would also like to thank Stanley Diamond for his important assistance behind the scenes and particularly, in helping assemble the images from the book to be placed online. Quite a team!
The other book that was completely placed online, this month, was "The destruction of Proskurov", the translation of which, was kindly donated by Anne M. Brennan.
And speaking of completed books, the Yizkor Book Project recently set up the Yizkor Books in Print initiative under the guiding wings of Joel Alpert to prepare hard copies of the books that have completely translated within the Yizkor Book Project. After sending out a call for volunteers, Joel and I were thrilled by the messages of support that we received for this initiative and also the encouraging response from volunteers who offered their skills in the myriad tasks required for this project. However, in spite of the many offers of assistance that we did receive, there are a still a number of positions that we still need to fill:
  • A Publicity Specialist to take care of publicizing these books in as many directions as possible.
  • Document Coordinator to submit applications for Copyrights, Library of Congress Numbers, ISBN numbers and keeping track of submittals and responses.
If one of these positions suits your abilities or you would like to learn more about this new initiative, please look at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/ybip.html  If you do find a task that you would like to take on, please contact Joel Alpert via the link appearing on this page.
And on responses, I was also pleased by the incredible response for my cry for html help and our ranks have now been joined by Jason Hallgarten who has already shown himself to be an important boost to our little team. There are a number of others who have shown interest and are trying their hand at preparing our web pages and we look forward to expanding our team even further. We also received encouraging response from a number of volunteers who are have now begun helping prepare the necrology database files - help that was sorely needed.
As far as the July figures go, during this last month we:
Added these 9 new projects:
  • Eger, Hungary (The Jews of Eger)
  • Hatvan, Hungary (Recollections (memoirs) of deportees and labor servicemen from Hatvan)
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora - Booklet 5) 
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora - Booklet 6) 
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora - Booklet 9) 
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora - Booklet 12) 
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the diaspora - Booklet 13) 
  • Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor) 
  • Siauliai, Lithuania (Memorial Book of Shavli - A Diary from a Lithuanian Ghetto)
Added in 38 new entries:
  • Kaimelis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kalinova, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kalyan, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Karklenai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kernava, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kinderishky, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kirsne, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Krasne-Selke, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kreve, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kriukai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Klebiskis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kubiliunai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kulautuva, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kuziai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kvetkai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Kvietiskis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Madziunai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Malinova, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Marseky, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Marvele, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Mauruciai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Mazonai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Medingenai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Meskai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Meskuiciai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Meteliai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Moletai, Lithuania (Protecting Our Litvak Heritage) 
  • Montevidove, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Mosedis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Nemaksciai, Lithuania (Protecting Our Litvak Heritage) 
  • Onuskis, Lithuania (Protecting Our Litvak Heritage) 
  • Pakruojus, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania) 
  • Pasvitinys, Lithuania (Protecting Our Litvak Heritage) 
  • Pikeliai, Lithuania (Protecting Our Litvak Heritage) 
  • Plateliai, Lithuania (Protecting Our Litvak Heritage) 
  • Pumpenai, Lithuania (Protecting Our Litvak Heritage) 
  • Vieksniai, Lithuania (Protecting Our Litvak Heritage) 
We have continued to update 26 of our existing projects:
  • Andrychow, Poland (Memorial Book of the Communities Wadowice, Andrychow, Kalwarja, Myslenice, Sucha) 
  • Baranow Sandomierski, Poland (A memorial to the Jewish community of Baranow) 
  • Bedzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bendin) 
  • Borshchiv, Ukraine (The Book of Bortschoff) 
  • Byten, Belarus (Memorial book of Byten) 
  • Chelm, Poland (Commemoration book Chelm) 
  • Czyzewo, Poland (Czyzewo Memorial Book) 
  • Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland (Book of the Jewish community of Dabrowa Gornicza and its destruction)  
  • Dieveniskes, Lithuania  (Devenishki book; memorial book) 
  • Dubno, Ukraine (Dubno; a Memorial to the Jewish community of Dubno, Wolyn) 
  • Gabin, Poland (Gombin: The Life and Destruction of a Jewish Town inPoland)   
  • Gorodets, Belarus (Horodetz; history of a town, 1142-1942)  
  • Grajewo, Poland (Grayewo Memorial Book)  
  • Kaluszyn, Poland (The Memorial Book of Kaluszyn)  
  • Khmelnytskyy, Ukraine  (The destruction of Proskurov)  
  • Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)  
  • Kremenets', Ukraine (Voice of Kremenets Emigrants in Israel and the Diaspora - Booklet 11)  
  • Lowicz, Poland (Lowicz; a Town in Mazovia, Memorial Book)  
  • Ostrolenka, Poland (Book of Kehilat Ostrolenka; Yizkor Book of the Jewish Community of Ostrolenka)  
  • Ostrow-Mazowiecka, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community ofOstrow-Mazowiecka)  
  • Rokiskis, Lithuania  (Yizkor book of Rakishok and environs)  
  • Shumskoye, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)  
  • Smarhon, Belarus (Smorgonie, District Vilna; memorial book and testimony)  
  • Svencionys, Lithuania (Svintzian region: memorial book of 23 communities)  
  • Svir, Poland (Our Townlet Swir)
  • Turka, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Turka on the Stryj and Vicinity) 
Please remember that all this month's additions and updates have been flagged at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find them.
Before signing off, I would like to thank Gloria Berkenstat Freund for kindly agreeing to lead the Yizkor Book BOF meeting at the just concluded IAJGS Conference. 

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