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Translation of
“Beltsy memorial book”

(Sefer Beltsi Basarabia: yad ve-zekher le-yahadut Beltsi)


Project Leader: Alexandre Crazover
JewishGen Liason/Advisor: Lance Ackerfeld

Project Synopsis

This project is being initiated in order to fund the completion of the translation of the 655 page Sefer Beltsi Basarabia from Hebrew into English for JewishGen.

The Balti Memorial Book that was published in 1993 in Jerusalem, Israel by the Agudat Yots'e Beltsi. It is 655 pages and in Hebrew and Yiddish.

Key Audiences

Jewish genealogists seeking to trace their roots in Beltsy constitute the primary audience for the material. However, the material has the potential to be or broader appeal to scholars interested in Jewish History and culture in this region.

Project Importance

Yizkor books are unique sources of information on once vibrant towns, primarily in central and Eastern Europe, whose Jewish populations were destroyed in the Holocaust. Written after World War II by émigrés and Holocaust survivors, yizkor books contain narratives of the history of the town, details of daily life, religious and political figures and movements, religious and secular education, and gripping stories of the major intellectual and Zionist movements of the 20th century. The necrologies and lists of residents are of tremendous genealogical value, as the names of individuals who were taken to extermination camps or died in the forests are often not recorded elsewhere.

Project Description

This project is intended to result in the translation, from Hebrew to English, of the Beltsy yizkor book. The Project Coordinator will work closely with the translators to ensure a grammatically correct and idiomatic translation. Specific tasks the Project Coordinator will perform include proofreading, editing, and preparing the work for submission to the Yizkor Book Project. The resulting translations will be posted, as they are completed, on the Yizkor Book Translations site at

Estimated Cost

The estimated cost of the translation of the entire Beltsy Yizkor Book is in the range of $16,000.


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