Thursday, March 1, 2012

Yizkor Books Update: February 2012

Posted by Lance Ackerfeld

To begin with, I am very excited to inform you that no less than 5 new Translation Project funds were initiated over this last month:

  • Briceni, Moldova
  • Jadow, Poland
  • Sierpc, Poland
  • Smarhon (Smorgon), Belarus
  • Sokyryany (Sekiryani, Bessarabia), Ukraine
Now, for those aren't familiar with the concept, the Translation Funds are set up to collect donations for the professional translation of the Yizkor Books.


Since finding a skilled volunteer translators capable of taking on the translation of a whole book is usually not realistic, our recommendation is to set up a fund, within JewishGen, into which all of those people interested in a particular community book can help support its translation and for which donations are tax-exempt for US citizens. So if there is a book you would like to see translated, please contact me and I'll explain the ins and outs of how these fund work.


Other good news this last month was the kind donation to the Yizkor Book Project of the Kielce, Poland book "The Martyrdom and Extermination of the Jews in Kielce During World War II" by Prof. Krzysztof Urbanski, the first sections of which have already been added. Please note that in recent times we have received a number of complete books which are, slowly but surely, being added into our Yizkor Book projects.


And on completed books, the first books to roll out of our Yizkor Books in Print Project will very shortly be available. If you wish to know further about this project, please visit this pagewhich has all you would like to know about this steadily growing project.


Before detailing last month's statistics, I would personally like to wish you all a joyful Purim and suggest that if you have a chance, read some of the many recollections of this holiday in our online Yizkor Books. In some small way, we are keeping up the fond memories of this vibrant Jewish holiday in those multitudes of communities that no longer exist.

As far as the February figures go, we added 8 new projects, and updated 27 ongoing projects. All additions and updates have been flagged at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find them. 

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