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To the Martyrs List

Translated by Dorothy Gross Nadosy

The “Yizkor” has been written in the “Yizkor book.” We want to focus on the names of the victims of Berehovo–Beregszász and its area, who were there during the Holocaust. We felt that the album, whose subject comes from the fateful years and is intended to capture the life of our religious community, is obligated to highlight the names of those whom it concerns. The original Yizkor book will be put in an Israeli museum and kept there forever. 1,000 copies have been printed of this album and can be found in all of our friends' houses. On the day of the General Anniversary (Jahrzeit) of the time of the ghetto liquidation – the 25th, 27th, and 29th of Iyar – you can scroll through the list at the end of this volume and remember.

We can remember with aching love our families, friends, and neighbors. We can recall the past when the overnight candle burns, and we can tell our children and our offspring how much and how these dear souls, those who were inscribed in these lists and those whose names have not been found, had suffered. This probably will be a silent prayer in the hearts of many: it will be a Yizkor.

To make it easier for you to see the list by yourself, we will not offer comments, and we believe that this explanation will answer all the questions you are asking:

At least half of the Holocaust victims are missing from this list. We tried to get a complete list from Hungarian institutions that would know about them, but we were unsuccessful. They also turned to the central Jewish institutions. The answer: no such list. So, if missing names come to mind when you are reading, please send the data (family and given name, Hebrew name, place of residence) to the Beregszász Central Committee immediately in Israel to be included in the Jizkor book.

The list of Holocaust victims originally was designed to help us facilitate identification and add general data, e.g., the father's name, year of birth or occupation. But it turned out that we received at most one quarter of these details. Therefore we renamed the list as the family name list. Here and there are exceptions: we will include the first name (in the Hebrew section), the name of the village (in the Hungarian section) or add “and his family”, “and his wife”, “and his children” (in the Hebrew name list).

Dear Brothers! Only with your help can we add 2,600 names to the “Yizkor–book”. We feel that this is our last task (not to talk about duty): to capture the blessed Jewish communities of Berehovo and its environs. This can only be achieved when our friends who live in the country and around the world voluntarily and sincerely join the initiators of this call to remember and honor their unforgettable families.

 

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