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Yizkor Book Project

Our goal is to facilitate access to Yizkor Books and the information contained in them

Translations   Read translations that are currently on our web site.
Donate a translation - Learn how to set up a translation project, how to raise funds, how to include images, and read suggested guidelines on translation.
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Necrology Index   Search the index for the names of persons in the necrologies -- the lists of Holocaust martyrs -- published in the translated yizkor books.
YBMNI   Search the JewishGen Yizkor Book Master Name Index (“YBMNI”) for persons mentioned in the translated portions of the Yizkor Books on the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project website
Bibliographic Database   Search our master database to find Yizkor Books for a location, and libraries that have the books.
JewishGen-erosity   Donate to one of the Yizkor Book Translation Funds.
InfoFiles   Browse information files that list Libraries with Yizkor Books, Retail Establishments with Yizkor Books, and Yizkor Book Translators.
Discussion Group   Join the Yizkor Book Discussing Group (Mailing List), where you can make inquiries and and learn more about Yizkor Books.
Yizkor Book Insights   Read some interesting insights in regards to Yizkor Books
FaceBook Spotlight Archive   Read the weekly Yizkor Book FaceBook spotlights
Links   Find information from other sources on the web and in print about European locations and Yizkor Books.
Development of the Yizkor Book Project   Read about how the Yizkor Book Project developed over the years.
Frequently Asked Questions   Learn more about yizkor books and the Yizkor Book Project.
Volunteers   See the impressive list of volunteers who are the backbone of the Yizkor Book Project

Active Projects   See our active project list below. The column for 'last updated' can tell you which projects have been updated most recently.
(If you notice a mistake and would like to suggest a correction, please send an email to Lance Ackerfeld with the details.)

Yizkor (Memorial) Books are some of the best sources for learning about Jewish communities in Eastern and Central Europe.  Groups of former residents, or landsmanshaftn, have published these books as a tribute to their former homes and the people who were murdered during the Holocaust.  The majority of these books were written in Hebrew or Yiddish, languages that many contemporary genealogists cannot read or understand.

The JewishGen Yizkor Book Project was organized in 1994 by a group of JewishGen volunteers led by Leonard Markowitz and Martin Kessel.  A translation project was developed by Susannah Juni and implemented by Joyce Field.  It is our purpose to unlock the valuable information contained in Yizkor Books so that genealogists and others can learn more about their heritage.  For more information, see the Yizkor Book Frequently Asked Questions or the Development of the Yizkor Book Project page.

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