Przytyk, Poland - Poland Yizkor Book and pamphlet

Project Name. Poland Yizkor Book and pamphlet

Project Leader
Melvyn Maltz

JewishGen Yizkor Book Project Manager: Lance Ackerfeld

Project Synopsis

Przytyk is located near Radom. In 1936, 90% of its 3,000 residents were Jewish; in 1939, 70% were Jewish. The town was renowned because of a violent program in 1936.

Sefer Przytyk, published in 1973 by the Przytyk Societies in Israel, France and the USA, has 468 pages written primarily in Hebrew and Yiddish, all of which will be translated. There is a short Polish section which has already been translated and will be donated to JewishGen. A 16-page pamphlet, an extract from the yizkor book, will be translated first.

Key Audiences

Jewish genealogists seeking to trace their roots in this town constitute the primary audience for the material.  However, the material has the potential to be of broader interest to scholars specializing in Jewish history and society 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 often the names of individuals who were taken to extermination camps or shot in the forests are not recorded elsewhere. Usually written in Hebrew or Yiddish, these important books are not accessible to most users, who cannot read these languages. Thus, the translation of these books into English unlocks this information to many more researchers all over the world. The JewishGen Yizkor Book Project received the award in 2002 for outstanding contribution to Jewish genealogy by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

At the outbreak of World War II there were 2,500 Jews in the town, 70% of the total population. On March 5, 1941 the Nazis ordered the immediate evacuation of the town and about 160 neighboring villages. The refugees settled in a number of towns in the Kielce province, but ultimately they were all deported to Treblinka and exterminated. No Jewish community existed in Przytyk after the war.

Project Description

As funds become available, all Hebrew and Yiddish pages will be translated. To accomplish that JewishGen will hire a professional translator. The project coordinator will select the order in which the chapters will be translated and will work closely with the translator 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.

Estimated Cost: The maximum cost is estimated to be about $14,000. However, the cost will be less if some chapters are duplicated in Hebrew and Yiddish.


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