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Yizkor Books in Print

 

Project Coordinator – Joel Alpert

The Yizkor Books Project is pleased to announce the intention to print fully translated Yizkor Books, so that copies will be available for purchase by the descendants of those destroyed communities, as well as by museum, university and synagogue libraries. Our intention is for this unique literature to be the source for teaching the history of these towns. We are aware that people can print the material from the web, and many will continue to do so. Nevertheless we feel there are those who would treasure a professionally printed version they can hold in their hands, or store on their own bookshelves Our project will offer affordable copies since the project was created both as a service to the public and as a memorial to the destroyed Jewish communities.

 

Background of Yizkor (memorial) Books:

These Yizkor (memorial) books were originally written by survivors or former residents of the towns who gathered in “Landsleit” groups mainly in Israel, the US and South America. They initially wrote down their memories of the town informally in the 1950s and 1960s. These writings were eventually turned into books in the Yiddish and Hebrew languages. There are over 2000 such books, however this unique body of literature had not been available to the English reading public. Now more than 80 of them have been fully translated into English in the Yizkor Books project of JewishGen and appear on the project web site http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/ along with partially translated books. Of those, we have thus far published 23 books in hard cover, with more being worked on.

 

Notice of special discounted prices to Libraries, Synagogues, Holocaust Memorials and families:

We are pleased to announce that we can offer special discounted prices for orders of five (5) books or more to a single address.  The prices are approximately 25% below the Amazon discounted price.  The order can be for five (or more) different titles or five (or more) copies of the same book.  (The five book minimum limit is firm.)

If you are interested in obtaining specific prices, please contact Joel Alpert, coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project.

Note: The offer does not apply to the two titles:

Protecting Our Litvak Heritage (A History of 50 Jewish Communities in Lithuania)” and the “Memorial Book for the Jewish Community of Yurburg, Lithuania

 

Currently available translated Yizkor Books In Print:
 
Antopol, Belarus 
Shards of Memory: Messages from the Lost Shtetl of Antopol, Belarus

Edited by Alicia Esther Goldberg
Translated by Nathan Snyder
Published by JewishGen
470 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List Price: $58.95 Available on Amazon for $43, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Brest, Belarus
Brest-Litovsk - Volume II
Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora
 

Translation of Brisk de-Lita: Encycolpedia Shel Galuyot
Original Yiddish Volume Edited by Elieser Steinman Published in Jerusalem, 1958
498 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List Price: $56.95 Available on Amazon for around $41, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Brzeziny, Poland
Brzezin Memorial Book

Original Book Edited by A. Alperin and N. Summer
Translated from the Yiddish by Renee Miller
English Edition Coordinated and Edited by Fay Vogel Bussgang
Published by JewishGen
464 pages with all images

List Price: $61.95 Available on Amazon for $45.22, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Buchach, Ukraine
Memorial (Yizkor) Book of the Jewish Community of Buczacz, Galicia

Original written in Hebrew
Edited by Yisrael Cohen
Published in Tel Aviv, 1956
Translation Project Coordinator and Book Layout: Thomas Weiss
360 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List Price: $57.95 Available on Amazon for around $42, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Ciechanow, Poland
Memorial (Yizkor) Book for the Jewish Community of Ciechanow

Original written in Hebrew and Yiddish
Edited by A. Wolf Yassini, Tel Aviv 1962
Translated into English by Miriam Dashkin Beckerman
Project Coordinator, Stan Zeidenberg
518 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List price: $57.95 Available at Amazon for $42, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Częstochowa, Poland
The Destruction of Częstochowa

Original Book Edited by S. Waga
Translated from the Yiddish by Gloria Berkenstat Freund
English Edition Coordinated and Edited by Gloria Berkenstat Freund
Published by JewishGen

List Price: $41.95 Available on Amazon for $31.88, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Drahichyn, Belarus
Drohitchin Memorial (Yizkor) Book 500 years of Jewish Life 

Translation of Drohitchin – finf hundert yor yidish lebn
Original Edited by: Dov Warshawsky, Book Committee Drohiczyn
Originally Published in Yiddish in Chicago, 1958
Translation Project Coordinator, Glen Strauss
Editor, Print Edition: Florence Schumacher
736 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images and new lists of residents compiled recently

List Price: $64.95 Available on Amazon for around $47, may have lower prices elsewheree

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Działoszyce, Poland
Yizkor Book of the Jewish Community in Dzialoszyce and Surroundings

Original book Published by the Dzialoszyce Society in Israel
Translation edited and annotated by Fay and Julian Bussgang
English Edition Published by JewishGen
374 pages

List Price: $58.95 Available on Amazon for $43.03, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Grajewo, Poland
Grayewo Memorial (Yizkor) Book 

Translation of Grayeve yisker-bukh (Grayewo Memorial Book)
Editor: Dr. George Gorin, New York
Originally Published by: United Grayever Relief Committee, 1950
In Yiddish and English, 311 pages
Translation Project Coordinators: Evelyn Fine and Shelly Levin
358 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images.

List Prices:

  • Hardcover version for your important bookshelf. $49.95 Available on Amazon for around $36
  • Student Edition (paperback) $12.16
  • E-book $8.99

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Holocaust
Belzec - Stepping Stone to Genocide

Written by Robin O'Neil
Takes the reader step by step into the background
of the “Final Solution” and gives eyewitness testimony
as the mass graves were located and recorded.

List Price: $54.95, Available on Amazon site for around $41

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Horodenka, Ukraine
Yizkor (Memorial) Book of Horodenka, Ukraine 

Original Yizkor Book Edited by: Shimon Meltzer
Published in Yiddish and Hebrew in Tel Aviv, 1963
Translation Project Coordinator, Mark Heckman
558 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List price: $51.95 Available at Amazon for $41, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Jasło, Poland
Yizkor (Memorial) Book of the Jewish Community of Jaslo, Poland

Original written in Hebrew
Edited by Moshe Nathan Even Chaim (Rapaport), Tel Aviv 1953
Translated into English by William Leibner and edited by Phyllis Kramer
316 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List price: $49.95 Available at Amazon for $36, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Jurbarkas (Yurburg), Lithuania
Memorial Book for the Jewish Community of Yurburg, Lithuania

Original in Hebrew Edited by Zevulun Poran
Published in Tel Aviv, 1991
Translation coordinated by Joel Alpert
Hardcover 738 pages, containing over 200 illustrations

List price: $62 Available at Amazon for $45, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Korczyna, Poland
Korczyna Memorial Book 

Project Coordinator and Translator: William Leibner
Editor: Phyllis Kramer
Original Yiddish Book edited by Morris Zucker and Isaac Wasserstrom
New York, 1967
310 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images and new lists of residents compiled recently

List price: $49.95 Available at Amazon for $36, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Lithuanian History
Preserving Our Litvak Heritage – Volume I (A History of 31 Jewish Communities in Lithuania)

Written by Josef Rosin
Edited by Joel Alpert
Published by JewishGen
736 pages

List Price: $73.95 Available on Amazon for $51.77, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Preserving Our Litvak Heritage - Volume II (A History of 21 Jewish Communities in Lithuania)

Written by Josef Rosin
Edited by Don Loon and Joel Alpert
Published by JewishGen
332 pages

List Price: $52.95 Available on Amazon site for around $39

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Protecting Our Litvak Heritage (A History of 50 Jewish Communities in Lithuania)

Written by Josef Rosin
Introduction by Profesor Dov Levin
488 pages, 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 Inches

List Price: $65 Available on Amazon site for around $47

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Lyubcha & Delyatichi, Belarus 
Yizkor (Memorial) Book of Lyubcha and Delyatichi

Originally in Yiddish and Hebrew
Published in Haifa, Israel, 1971
Translation Project Coordinator: Ann Belinsky
442 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List price: $52.95 Available on Amazon for around $39, may have lower prices elsewhere

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My Journey to Freedom: Kybartai to Haifa
A true story of resourcefulness, courage, cleverness, and love

List Price: $44.95 Available on Amazon for $31, may have lower prices elsewhere

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The Maple Tree Behind The Barbed Wire
A Story of Survival from the Czestochowa Ghetto

List Price: $49.95 Available on Amazon for $37, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Memoir
Flight to Survival

[a companion to the Czestochowa book]
Wloclawek - Warszawa Czestochowa...Eretz-Yisrael
1939 to 1945 A Personal Narrative
By Peninah Cypkewicz-Rosin
Editor: Nancy Lefkowitz
Published by JewishGen
200 pages

List Price: $41.95 Available on Amazon for $31.88, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Navahrudak, Belarus
Memorial (Yizkor) Book of the Jewish Community of Novogrudok, Poland

Editors of the original Yizkor Book: Eliezer Yerushalmi and David Cohen
Translations: Oskar Delatycki z”l and Aviva Kamil
Project coordinator: Oskar Delatycki z”l
Editor of this publication: Rabbi Helen Cohn
Hard cover, 784 pages, with full illustrations and photos from the original book
ISBN: 978-1-939561-03-9

List price: $65.95 Available on Amazon for around $45, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Orhei, Moldova
Orheyev Alive and Destroyed; Memorial Book of the Jewish Community of Orhei, Moldova

Original in Hebrew Edited by Y. Spivak
Published in Tel Aviv, 1959
Translation coordinated by Terry Lasky
520 pages with all images in hard cover

List price: $63.95 Available at Amazon for $47, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Ostrów Mazowiecka, Poland
Memorial (Yizkor) Book of the Jewish Community of Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland

Original written in Hebrew and Yiddish
The Hebrew section editor: Aba Gordin
The Yiddish section editor: M. Gelbart
892 pages, 6.69" by 9.61", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List price: $69.95 Available at Amazon for $51, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Pidhaytsi, Ukraine
The Memorial (Yizkor) Book of Podhajce, Ukraine

Originally written in Yiddish
Edited by Me'ir Shimon Geshouri
Translated into English by Jerrold Landau
540 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List price: $59.95 Available at Amazon for $42, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Rozhnyativ, Ukraine
Rozniatow Memorial Book

Original written in Hebrew, Yiddish and English
Edited by Shimon Kanc
Published in Tel Aviv, 1974
Translation Project Coordinator and Book Layout: Thomas Weiss
Translated into English by Jerrold Landau
512 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List Price: $59.95 Available on Amazon for around $44

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Ruzhany, Belarus
Rozana: a Memorial to the Ruzhinoy Jewish Community

Original written in Hebrew and Yiddish
Collected and Edited by Mayer Sokolowsky
Supplementary chapters in Yiddish by Joseph Abramovitsch
Translated from the Hebrew and Yiddish by Jerrold Landau
Co-Editors, Edie Taylor and Brian Zakem
458 pages, 6.69" by 9.61", hard cover, including all photos and other images
Published in November 2014

List Price: $59.95 Available on Amazon for around $46

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Sierpc, Poland 
The Community of Sierpc - Memorial Book

Translation of Kehilat Sierpc; Sefer Zikaron (The Community of Sierpc - Memorial Book)
Editor: E. Talmi (Wloka)
Originally in Yiddish and Hebrew
Editors of the Translation: Dorothy Lipsky and Sandra Sandra Krisch
Translators: Jerrold Landau (Yiddish) and Alex Weingarten (Hebrew)
Published in Tel Aviv, 1959 Hard Cover, 11" by 8.5", 868 pages

List Price: $69.95 Available on Amazon for around $51, may have lower prices elsewhere

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Telekhany, Belarus
Telekhan

Edited by: Sh. Sokoler, Published in Los Angeles, 1963
Translated by David Goodman
Translations donated by Ray Stone and Rita Krakower Margolis
Project Coordinator, Ray Stone
218 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

List Price: $43.95 Available on Amazon for around $32

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Yampol, Ukraine
Yampol Memorial Book

186 pages with Illustrations.

List Prices:

  • Hardcover version for your important bookshelf. $41.95 Available on Amazon for around $32
  • Student Edition (paperback) $14.99
  • Researcher Edition (e-book) $6.99

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Zgierz, Poland
The Book of Zgierz- An Eternal Memorial for a Jewish Community in Poland

Original Book Edited by David Shtockfish, Sh Kanc, Z. Fisher
Translated by Jerrold Landau
English Edition Coordinated and Edited by Jerrold Jacobs
Published by JewishGen
784 pages

List Price: $74.95 Available on Amazon for $54.71

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Endorsements:

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print project is indeed an extremely important project.
  Professor David Patterson
Hillel Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies University of Texas at Dallas
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Upon finding out that the Ohrei Yizkor Book was published and available, one researcher wrote:
I have been waiting 33 years since I first came across that book in the New York Public Library and was unable to read it because I couldn't understand Yiddish. Thanks. Will purchase it.
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In a world in which fewer and fewer people speak and read Yiddish, and where many Jews outside of Israel do not read Hebrew fluently, the translation of these Yizkor books into English is a very important project. These books were frequently the first publications about a given community or a number of contiguous communities, and if for no other reason than that, they are of great significance. Although most are not works of traditional scholarship, they do contain extremely valuable information about the history of Jewish communities and their destruction, recollections and vignettes about daily life and the people who lived in those communities, and frequently lists of those who were murdered during the Shoah. Making them accessible to a wider public is important today and undoubtedly will remain important in the future. I am very pleased that the Yizkor-Books-in-Print Project of JewishGen has donated these books to our library collection and I am quite certain that our readers will find them to be of much use. For our part we hope to preserve them for future generations. 
  Dr. Robert Rozett
Director of the Libraries, Yad Vashem 
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I have the original book in Yiddish and Hebrew but always wanted a copy of the English translation, which I haven't been able to find until now so thank you! I've ordered the book and have notified the rest of my family in the States about it.
  Lois Gordon, MS MPH
Assistant Director
Hadassah Center for Clinical Quality & Safety
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JewishGen's Yizkor Book translations are an invaluable resource for readers who cannot read the original languages, and a welcome supplement to the Yiddish Book Center's facsimile reprints of Yizkor Books from the New York Public Library's collection. Yasher koyekh!
  Catherine Madsen
Bibliographer
Yiddish Book Center
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The Ciechanow Yizkor book is so precious to our family. My mother, Leah “Lonia” Kirshenbaum Mosak is a Ciechanower who survived Auschwitz Birkenau; she is now 91 years old. She will not let go of the book and reads from it every day.
  Doris Lazarus
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Although the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus has just about every memorial book in the original language, we are very pleased to be able to add the English translations being offered by Jewishgen.  Our English-only speaking Library users are thrilled to be able to read about their families' hometowns and possibly trace their relatives without the help of a translator.  We have every Yizkor Book in Print Project title published so far and look forward to adding more as they become available.  They are of the highest quality and enhance our collection immeasurably.  Thank you, Jewishgen!
  Feiga Weiss
Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus Library Archive
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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How we print the books:

The project uses the “Print on Demand” model, which utilizes the latest technology for being able to print even single books on demand and ship to individual buyers, without requiring runs of hundreds of books. Hence here is no minimum requirement of number of books to be ordered, nor is there a storage problem, nor an unsold books problem. It is ideal for our situation with a limited specalized audience. Book interiors are in black and white, whereas the covers are in color and often are replicas of the covers of the original Hebrew and Yiddish Yizkor Books or contain some artwork from the books or displays a significant historic photo.

 

Message to Coordinators of Yizkor Books for Prospective Printing:

We print only fully translated books for which we have permission from the copyright holder of the original Yiddish or Hebrew book to print the translation. If you are interested in getting your book in the queue for processing to be printed and published, first you must make sure that the Yizkor Book Project either already has that permission to publish or that you can get it - for clarifications on these issues, please contact Lance Ackerfeld . Desirable, but not necessary are higher resolution scans (300 dpi or preferably 600 dpi) of the images from the book than were used for the on-line version (72 dpi). When you have satisfied these requirements, then please contact Joel Alpert, Project Coordinator.

 

Looking for Volunteers:

In order to accomplish this task, we are looking for talented people who are willing to volunteer to make this effort happen. Below we list the people and talents we are looking for. We want to create a team of several people with each of the talents. We would assign one of each of the volunteer categories below to a book, with the exception of the Document Coordinator, Cover Editor and Publicity Specialist - one or two each for the whole project. We list the tasks with the highest needs at the top. If you can help, we'd appreciate your efforts in the task.

 

Book Coordinators:

Most likely the project coordinator of the Yizkor book website for that community. If necessary, obtain permissions necessary to publish the book from the organization or person holding the copyright on the original Hebrew/Yiddish Yizkor book. Create a new Preface and Acknowledgements, Credits etc. appropriate to the publishing of the book in English.

 

Image Processors:

We need volunteers who can process the PDF files (600 dpi resolution) to extract the images of the photos and maps and illustrations to create individual JPEG files so that they can then be inserted into the text of the books in the proper place. Volunteers will need to have the Photoshop or similar software to accomplish the task. This will enable us to produce high quality images for the books.

 

Layout Editors:

Take files from the Yizkor Book website and copy into MS WORD files for each book chapter. Not necessary to proof read the material. We are printing the books as they appear on the Yizkor Books Project pages. Format the files according to a template supplied changing headings, image captions, etc into a standard format. Imbed the images from the Image Coordinator in the proper place in the text. Edit the material so that the layout has images in a place near the reference to the image. Re-editing and proof reading of material not expected.

 

Cover Editors for the whole project:

Create the cover using Photo Shop of some other software likely using a scan of the original Yizkor Book cover and modifying it by inserting English, laying it out on a provided template; or possibly creating a totally new cover. One or several people to do this for the whole project.

 

Publicity Specialist for the whole project:

Deal with publicity for books. Send out announcements to all researchers signed up for each community covered in the book to be published. Develop list of libraries, university libraries with Judaic collections, Holocaust Memorials, temple libraries, etc. that would likely be interested in purchasing copies of the “Yizkor Books in Print.” Send off periodic announcements to these institutions about new Yizkor books now available. One person or several people to do this for the whole project.

If you feel that you are able to take on one of these tasks, please contact the “Yizkor Books in Print” Coordinator – Joel Alpert

 


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