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The JewishGen Yizkor Book Necrology Database indexes the names of persons in the necrologies — the lists of Holocaust martyrs — published in the Yizkor Books appearing on the JewishGen Yizkor Book Translation ProjectThis database is only an index of names; it directs researchers back to the Yizkor Book itself, where more complete information may be available.

This database allows the surnames to be searched via soundex.  Because most of these names were transliterated from Hebrew and Yiddish, the spellings of the surnames here may not be as you are used to seeing them in Latin-alphabet sources.

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Contents of the Database

This database currently contains over 340,000 entries, from the necrologies of 405 different Yizkor Books:

  • Austria: 110 entries for Neunkirchen.

  • Belarus: Antopol (710 entries), Antopol (521), Ashmyany (1,854), Bereza (625), Braslaw (951), Brest (503), Byten (190), David-Horodok (1,017), Derechin (710), Disna (216), Dokshitsy (including Parafinov, 2,044 entries), Dolhinovo (783), Drahichyn (1,800), Dzyarzhynsk (Koidanovo) (62), Dzyatlava (659), Haradzets (149), Hlybokaye (Glębokie) (657), Ivye (including Lipnishok and Traby, 1,042 entries), Kamen (120), Kamenets (1,741), Karelichy (788), Kobrin (269), Kobylnik (122), Kosava (163), Krivichi (Krzywicze) (126), Kurenets (149), Lachva (432), Lenin (697), Lepel (204), Lida (2,220), Lipnishki (116), Luninyets (784), Lyakhovichi (146), Lyubcha (including Delyatichi, 346 entries), Mir (618), Molchad (259), Naliboki (190), Navahrudak (1,968), Nyasvizh (523), Pahost-Zaharodzki (235), Pieski (349), Pinsk (5,561), Pruzhany (401), Radoshkovichi (265), Rakov (502), Rubezhevichi (687), Ruzhany (including Konstantynowo 175, Liskovo 367, Pavlova 252; 2,687 total entries), Shchuchyn (including Vasilishki 497, Ostryna 384, Novyy-Dvor 98, and Rozhanka 232; 1,465 total entries), Smarhon (733), Stolin (601), Svir (626), Telkhany (207), Turets (303), Vishnevo (745), Volozhin (519), Volozhin (including Zabrezhe, 181 entries), Voronovo (201), and Zheludok (657 entries).

  • Estonia: 1,113 entries for Estonia.

  • Germany: Burghaun (72 entries), Berlin (480), Borken (439), Braunschweig (939), Cottbus (780), Jüchen (451), Nürnburg (2,374), Oberhausen (83), and Schwaben (739 entries).

  • Greece: Dhidhimótikhon and Orestiás (325 entries), Florina (295), and Thessalonóki (1,401 entries).

  • Hungary: Bonyhád (1,076 entries), Cigánd (154), Csenger (409), Csorna (519), Debrecen (4,545), Derecske (271), Dunaujváros (57), Eger (702), Fehérgyarmat (459), Győr (2,219), Gyula (261), Hajdúböszörmény (525), Hatvan (324), Hodmezövásárhely (405), Karcag (327), Kisvárda (1,277), Mád (292), Mátészalka (1,254), Mezőkövesd (749), Miskolc (5,811), Nagykálló (716), Nyíregyháza (259), Pápa (2,160), Rákospalota (667), Sárospatak (723), Sárvár (including Jánosháza and Nagysimonyi, 875 entries), Sátoraljaújhely (737), Szatmar District (data for Mátészalka 1,195, Csenger 184, Ilk 48, Fülesd 33, etc.; 1,492 entries), Székesfehérvár (2,648), Szolnok (646), and Újpest (7,744 entries).

  • Lithuania: Butrimonys (174 entries), Dieveniškes (241), Gargždai (27), Jonava (467), Jurbarkas (585), Kybartai (152), Lithuania (Yeshivas of Vilijampolė-Slobodka, Telšiai, Panevėžys, and Kelmė, 768 entries), Marijampolė (1,121), Merkinė (231), Plungė (42), Rokiškis (165), Skuodas (288), Švenčionys (580, plus Vidzy [Bel] 320, Pastavy [Bel] 252, Švenčioneliai 228, Adutiškis 198, Nemenčinė 150, Pabradė 203, Dukštas 167, Kobylnik [Bel] 92, Kaltanėnai 55, Kaziany [Bel] 52, Lyntupy [Bel] 49, Daugėliškis 48, Kamelishki [Bel] 37, Stajetiške 36, and Mielagėnai 22; 4,061 total entries), Trakai (283), Utena (328), Valkininkai (286), and Želva (73 entries).

  • Macedonia: 3,276 entries for Bitola.

  • Moldova: Bender (91 entries), Bricheva (726), Brichany (63), Căpreşti (329), Dubossary (631), Lipcani (713), Mărculeşti (272), Orgeyev (728), Otaci (397), and Teleneshty (443 entries).

  • Netherlands: 396 entries for Zutphen.

  • Poland: Annopol (753 entries), Baranów Sandomierski (161), Będzin (2,016), Biała Rawska (569), Białystok (365), Biecz (302), Bielsk Podlaski (637), Bielsko-Biała (61), Bieżuń (188), Biłgoraj (37), Brzeziny (2,255), Brzozów (277), Chełm (511), Chmielnik (1,231), Chorzele (248), Chrzanów (565), Ciechanów (1,019), Ciechanowiec (1,811), Cieszanów (532), Czyżew-Osada (62), Dąbrowa Białostocka (183), Dąbrowa Gornica (503), Dębica (1,782), Dęblin (1,570), Drohiczyn (557), Dynów (403), Dynów (113), Działoszyce (643), Falenica (828), Frampol (373), Golub-Dobrzyń (43), Goniądz (271), Gora Kalwaria (554), Gorlice (856), Gostynin (617), Gródek (109), Grójec (19), Horodło (256), Jadów (910), Jarosław (179), Jędrzejów (1,975), Jedwabne (326), Józefów (863), Kałuszyn (1,158), Kazimierz Dolny (409), Kock (1,468), Koden (29), Kolbuszowa (379), Kolno (545), Kolo (1,180), Korczyna (255), Kozienice (including Garbatka, 1,118 entries), Kraśnik (1,619), Krasnobród (1,145), Krasnystaw (281), Krynki (585), Kurów (1,546), Kutno (510), Łaskarzew & Sobolew (867), Lesko (1,583), Leżajsk (824), Łęczyca (468), Lipno (2,894), Łódź (470), Łomazy (979), Łosice (1,605), Lubaczów (245), Lubartów (75), Lublin (232), Łuków (173), Markuszów (392), Mogelnica (including Błędów, 1,631 entries), Opatów (288), Opoczno (1,122), Ostrów Lubelski (201), Ostrów Mazowiecka (1,394), Oswięcim (4,223), Parysów (919), Płock (2,451), Płońsk (including Neishtat, 2,693 entries), Praga (1,674), Pruszków (272), Przasnysz (621), Przedbórz (526), Puławy (641), Pułtusk (1,448), Raciąż (693), Radomsko (2,501), Radzyń (468), Rożan (1,373), Rozwadów (1,239), Ryki (510), Sandomierz (433), Sanok (348), Serock (1,493), Siedlce (506), Siemiatycze (1,165), Sierpc (747), Skarżysko-Kamienna (393), Sochaczew (798), Sokółka (978), Sokoły (384), Staszów (including Połaniec, 627 entries), Stoczek (95), Strzegowo (34), Suchowola (327), Supraśl (119), Suwałki (685), Szczebrzeszyn (1,529), Szczekociny (499), Tarnobrzeg (including Dzików and surrounding villages, 649 entries), Tarnogród (685), Tarnów (1,581), Tłuszcz (168), Tomaszów Lubelski (1,145), Tomaszów Mazowiecki (3,159), Trzebinia (450), Turek (including Rychwał & Tuliszków, 682 entries), Tyszowce (614), Wadowice (144), Warka (92), Warszawa (282), Warszawa (886), Węgrów (797), Wieliczka (327), Wieluń (1,897), Wiślica (497), Włodawa (3,190), Wojsławice (306), Wołomin (472), Wysokie-Mazowieckie (including Jabłonka, 1,082 entries), Wyszogród (1,445), Zabludów (663), Zaglębie (491), Zaklików (434), Zambrów (106), Żarki (540), Zawiercie (1,219), Zduńska Wola (2,217), Zgierz (410), Złoczew (1,137), Zwoleń (336), and Żychlin (511 entries),

  • Romania: Bivolari (344 entries), Borşa (517), Bukovina (1,272), Dej (2,417), Dorohoi (41), Gherla (372), Gura Humorului (1,193), Huedin (836), Oradea (Großwardein, including Nagybáród and Szalonta, 5,643 entries), Ruscova (182), Satu Mare (1,517), Târgu-Mureş (4,755), Tăşnad (32), and Vatra Dornei (396 entries).

  • Serbia: 916 entries for Sombor.

  • Slovakia: Bytča (265 entries), Dunajská Streda (827), Kráľovský Chlmec (including Király-Helmec, Lelesz, and other villages in the Bodrog district; 1,145 entries), Michalovce (694), Šahy (1,060), Sečovce (494), Senica (107), Stropkov (1,719), Topoľčany (1,214), and Tornaľa (226 entries).

  • Slovenia: 387 entries for Murska Sobota.

  • Ukraine: Aleksandriya (252 entries), Berestechko (and Boromel, 474 entries), Berezhany (Brzeżany) (1,269), Bibrka (887), Bil'che-Zolote (111), Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyy (Akkerman) (139), Bilshivtsi (Bołszowce) (822), Bol'shoy Zhëlutsk (81), Borshchiv (Borszczów) (764), Burshtyn (360), Busk (586), Carpathian Mountains (Izki, Pilipets, Rostoka, and Verkhniy-Studenyy, 164 entries), Chortkiv (1,305), Demidivka (132), Dobromyl (65), Drohobych (93), Dubno (1,562), Delyatin (783), Hlyniany (78), Horodenka (537), Horodenka (876), Hoshcha (343), Husyatyn (212), Ivano-Frankivsk (Stanisławów) (1,622), Kamyanets Podilskyy (57), Khashchuvatye (1,108), Khorostkiv (593), Kolomyya (101), Kolomyya (2,183), Komarno (151), Konotop (330), Korets (1,612), Koson (Mezökászony) (345), Kostopil (754), Kovel (795), Kremenets (351), Lanivtsi (584), Lokachi (918), L'viv (2,512), Lyuboml (991), Maydan (69), Melnytsya (781), Mezhirechye (411), Mikulintsy (553), Mizoch (1,071), Mlyniv-Muravytsi (391), Nadvornaya (235), Novoselytsya (1,426), Novi Strilyshcha (Strzeliska Nowe) (828), Novyy Yarychiv (including 9 surrounding villages, 622 entries), Nyzhni Stanivitzi (Staneştii de Jos) (199 + 143), Obertyn (377), Olyka (988), Ostroh (2,472), Ozerna (358), Ozeryany (786), Pidhaytsi (Podhajce) (896), Pidvolochys'k (199), Polonne (including Novo-Labun, Poninka and surrounding villages, 913 entries), Priluki (1,277), Radekhiv (including Lopatin, Novyi Vytkiv, Toporiv, Vuzlove and others, 987 entries), Radyvyliv (Radziwiłłów) (417), Rafalivka (354), Ratno (168), Rava-Ruska (530), Rivne (868), Rohatyn (387), Rokytne (1,302), Rozhnyativ (603), Rudky (196), Sambir (1,611), Shums'k (331), Skala-Podilska (1,539), Sokal (including Novo-Ukraina, Stoyaniv and Tartakiv, 2,377), Sosnove (Ludvipol) (438), Stavishche (95), Stryy (3,240), Stryy (4,196), Tlumach (379), Torhovytsia (247), Tovste (Tłuste) (702), Turiysk (455), Turka (1,902), Velyki Mezhyrichi (649), Velyki Mosty (1,048), Volodymyrets (Włodzimierzec) (1,124), Vynohradiv (Nagyszőllős, including Tisza-Ujlak, Szaszfalu and surounding villages, 2,477 entries),Vysotsk (216), Yampil (215), Yasinya (323), Yavoriv (926), Zboriv (821), and Zhovkva (Żółkiew) (340 entries).

Note that the number of entries listed for each town above does not necessarily equal the number of persons memorialized.  Each yizkor book had its own style and format for their necrology list.  Some necrologies list each person separately on their own line, while many others have each family group recorded as a single record.  Many of the family groups are inexact, such as: “Mordche and family”, or “Haim, Liba and children”, or “Shlomo and wife”, or “Feyga and her two sons”, etc., so we are not attempting to separate these.  Only the full family group record as a whole unit makes sense, by providing its own context.  Thus the 340,000 entries in this database likely represent more than 500,000 individuals, or about 8% of all Holocaust victims.

Updates to the Database

If your town is not in the above list, please consider transcribing the necrology in your ancestral town's Yizkor Book, and submitting it to the Yizkor Book Project so that it can then be added to this ongoing effort.  See the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project's donation procedures.

This database was created with the assistance of Ernie Fine and Max Heffler, who extract the names from the necrologies in the individual Yizkor Book translations and inputs them into Excel spreadsheets, which are then imported into this database.  The fields in the database are:

  • Surname
  • Given Name(s)
  • Town Name, which is linked to the source, the original Yizkor Book where this entry appears.

As approximately 100 new Yizkor Book translations are added to the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project each year, this database will be added to over time.  There are currently over 500 individual translations on the web site, but not all Yizkor Books contain necrologies.

Finding sources

To find the original source, click on the name of the town in the far right column of the displayed table of matching names.  This will lead you to a bibliographic citation of the source Yizkor Book which contains that name.  On that "Yizkor Book Database" page, which contains full information about that Yizkor Book, there is a field labelled "Translation", which contains a clickable URL to the translated portions of that Yizkor Book on the JewishGen web site.

Note that there most often little or no additional information about each person in the original Yizkor Book.  The necrologies are usually just lists of the names of those remembered, as told by emigrants and survivors to the compilers of the Yizkor Books.

For more information about Yizkor Books, see the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project.

Last Update: 28 Jan 2015   WSB

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