ME­MO­RIAL BOOKS

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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

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