The Jewish community has a long tradition of remembering lost loved ones, and the post-war era saw a surge in privately published Yizkor Books, or memorial books. Displaced survivors recorded their hometown’s history and testified to what they had witnessed. If you know where in Poland your family originated then this is a good place to begin learning about the community’s experience. Family and friends are commemorated, and the Yizkor Book for Plock recorded the fate of Jane’s great uncle Herman, shot while in a ‘safe house’ outside Warsaw’s ghetto walls. His grave was found at cemetery.jewish.org.pl.
The Yizkor Book Project at jewishgen.org/ yizkor has partial translations from Hebrew and Yiddish into English, and some names can be searched at jewishgen.org/databases/yizkor. The New York Public Library has scanned 650 original volumes at nypl.org/collections/ nypl-recommendations/guides/yizkorbooks. more than 750 books and local researchers may be hired to locate and translate entries. You can find out more at yivo.org.
Another useful source about the dispersal of communities is