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INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS GRANTS PERMISSION TO JEWISHGEN TO PUBLISH CHAPTERS FROM THE UPCOMING BOOK
"FROM A RUINED GARDEN":The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Martin Kessel (firstname.lastname@example.org) YizkorSIG Coordinator
Joyce Field (email@example.com) Yizkor Translation Project Coordinator
Susan E. King (firstname.lastname@example.org) President, JewishGen, Inc. (713) 522-7599 (FAX)
Marilyn Breiter (email@example.com) Publicity Manager, Indiana University Press
In an agreement signed recently, the JewishGen Yizkor Translation Project has been granted permission to publish three chapters from the book FROM A RUINED GARDEN: The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry, Second Expanded Edition, edited and translated by Jack Kugelmass and Jonathan Boyarin with Geographical Index and Bibliography by Zachary M. Baker. Published in June 1998. 368 pages, 26 b & w photos. Reprinted with permission of Indiana University Press.With great pleasure and excitement JewishGen and the Yizkor Translation Project are pleased to provide the chapters FROM A RUINED GARDEN.
The chapters include:
1) End of Sentence: Pinkas Zhirardov, Amshinov un Viskit, p. 249
2) The City Without Jews: Sefer Minsk-Mazovyetsk, p. 254
3) In the Tracks of the Jewish Life That Disappeared: Yizkor-Bukh Riki, p. 268
FROM THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS CATALOG
"In the years after World War II, Polish Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who had made their way to the Americas and Israel compiled memorial books to preserve the memory of their destroyed communities. From A Ruined Garden gathers some 77 selections from the nearly 1,000 memorial books published since World War II. The texts describe daily life in the shtetl as well as everyday life during the Holocaust and the experiences of returning survivors. The comprehensive bibliography of memorial books and gazetteer of place names in this updated, expanded edition are indispensable resources for genealogical research. A new introduction by the editors illuminates the history of the memorial book genre and its importance for the construction of memory culture through the response of Holocaust survivors."
The original edition of FROM A RUINED GARDEN, now out of print, was a seminal book in Jewish genealogy which focused researchers on the wealth of historical and social material in yizkor books. As the original yizkor books are rare, most of them having been privately published in small numbers, expensive to buy when available, and written in Yiddish and/or Hebrew, which many readers cannot read, a compendium of translations into English which gives the taste and feel of the yizkor book genre is a most exciting publishing event. It is a welcome addition to the list of translations on the Yizkor Book site, (http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/translations.html), and is consistent with the goal of the Yizkor Book Project to make translations of these books available on the Internet to the English-speaking world.
That the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project was granted permission to publish on its web site three of the new chapters is a recognition of the importance of the Internet in Jewish genealogy. We extend our thanks to the editors and to Indiana University Press for this rare privilege.
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