Friday, December 9, 2011

Yizkor Books Update: December 2011

Shalom,

The activity during November was characterized by the addition of a large number of new entries. As you'll see by the alphabetically ordered names of the communities,  we are rapidly approaching the last communities appearing in the Pinkas Lita [Encyclopedia of Jewish communities, Lithuania] book and this month's list adds on to the very long list of communities that this book contains.

It is so incomprehensible that the Lithuanian communities appearing in this list were all decimated during the Holocaust and, of course, Lithuania is "only" a part of the whole enormous Jewish tragedy. I see the placing the translations of these communities online as one the major aims of the Yizkor Book Project in its endeavor to ensure that the memories of these communities and the people that lived in them are not forgotten.

As far as existing projects go, I am pleased to report that during November, the online translation of three books was completed and we now have no less than 75 projects online which are the entire translations of the original Yizkor books. As such, I would like to send out my deep appreciation to the coordinators and translators of these completed projects which are:
  • Lyubcha, Belarus  (Lubtch and Delatich; in memory of the Jewish community) which is coordinated and translated by Ann Belinsky and Harvey Spitzer
  • Skuodas, Lithuania (Testimony on the murder of the Jews of Shkud,
  • Lithuania) which is coordinated by Rachel Mines and was initiated by Aviva Tirosh
  • Svir, Belarus (Our Townlet Swir) which is coordinated by Lee Harrison

I would also like to note the addition of a new Translation Fund added in this month for the Stowbtsy, Belarus Yizkor Book, and am looking forward to seeing this project take shape. Note that a very positive way of helping to see translations placed online is by supporting this project or one of the many Translation Funds which have been set up to bring about the professional translation of the Yizkor books.  If you feel able to support this effort, please go to the Yizkor BookJewishGen-erosity page to learn about the Translation Funds currently underway.

As always, we are always looking for volunteers to take on various tasks within the Yizkor Book Project so that we can continue and expand on the work done so far. So, if you have some time and would like to help out in our continuously growing project, I would very much like to hear from you.

As far as the November figures go, during this last month we have added these 4 new projects:

Added in 60 new entries:
  • Huncovce, Slovakia (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Slovakia)  
  • Kolovec, Czech Republic (The Jews and Jewish Communities of Bohemia in the past and present)  
  • Podolinec, Slovakia (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Slovakia)  
  • Raiterade, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Rakishetzik, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Ranishk, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Raskovcizna, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Ribukai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Rokenai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Romanova, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Rozalimas, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Rudnia, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Rusne, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Sateikiai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Serpitz, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Siesikiai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Simnas, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Skaistgirys, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Stakiai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Stasiunai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Strevininkai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Surdegis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Talun, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Tartupis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Taujenai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Tauragnai, Lithuania (Preserving Our Litvak Heritage - Volume 1)  
  • Tavrova, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Teneniai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Terpitz, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Timegola, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Tirksliai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Tolkeve, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Tomasheve, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Traupis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Trepkalnis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Truskava, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Tubines, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Turiskis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Turmantas, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Turzenai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Tzislevka, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Ubila, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Ulinova, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Upyna, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Upyte, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Uzdubysis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Uzuguostis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Uzventis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Vadokliai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Vaitkiskiai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Valeisiskis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Vasiliskis, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Vaskai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Vegeriai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Veivirzenai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Vepriai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Verpena, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Vezaiciai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Videniskiai, Lithuania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Lithuania)  
  • Yakovlevo, Belarus (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities: Poland)  

We have continued to update 26 of our existing projects:
  • Belchatow, Poland (Belchatow memorial book)  
  • Biala Rawska, Poland (Memorial Book to the Martyrs of Biala Rawska)  
  • Chelm, Poland (Commemoration book Chelm)
  • Cieszanow, Poland (Memorial book of the martyred community Cieszanow) 
  • Dej, Romania (Des..., Bethlen, Magyarlapos, Retteg, Nagyilonda and
  • Dzyarzhynsk, Belarus (Koidanov; memorial volume of the martyrs of Koidanov) 
  •  Gargzdai, Lithuania  (Gorzd book; A memorial to the Jewish community of Gorzd) 
  •  Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland (In Memory of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob)  
  • Gorodets, Belarus (Horodetz; history of a town, 1142-1942) 
  • Grajewo, Poland (Grayewo Memorial Book) 
  • Jonava, Lithuania (Jonava On The Banks Of The Vylia; In memory of the destroyed Jewish community of Jonava) 
  • Kaluszyn, Poland (The Memorial Book of Kaluszyn) 
  • Kutno, Poland (Kutno and surroundings book) 
  • Lenin, Belarus (The community of Lenin; memorial book) 
  • Lyubcha, Belarus  (Lubtch and Delatich; in memory of the Jewish community) 
  • Ostrolenka, Poland (Book of Kehilat Ostrolenka; Yizkor Book of the Jewish Community of Ostrolenka) 
  • Serock, Poland (The book of Serock)
  • Skuodas, Lithuania (Testimony on the murder of the Jews of Shkud, Lithuania) 
  • Staszow, Poland (The Staszow book)
  • Svir, Belarus (Our Townlet Swir)
  • Tarnow, Poland (The life and decline of a Jewish city) 
  • Tighina, Moldova (Bendery Community Yizkor Book) 
  • Turka, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Turka on the Stryj and Vicinity) 
  • Zaglembia, Poland  (Memorial book of Zaglembie) 
  • Zelechow, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Zelechow) 

 In order to view any of these entries, please visit http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html 

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

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