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An Annotated Index of the Yizkor (Memorial) Book Collection at The Yad Vashem Library


This page provides access to an annotated index to towns appearing in the yizkor (Holocaust memorial) books at the Yad Vashem Library in Jerusalem. There are 4,540 localities represented in 1,233 books. The lists are pdf files at the bottom of the page.
This page provides access to an annotated index to towns appearing in the yizkor (Holocaust memorial) books at the Yad Vashem Library in Jerusalem. There are 4,540 localities represented in 1,233 books. The index is divided into the following columns:
1. T Numbers- All the Yizkor books are found in the Library reading room, in locked cabinets, as a special collection. Their call numbers consist of the letter T followed by a reference number.

2. Localities- The names of the localities have been listed according to those found in the 2002 edition of Where Once We Walked (WOWW). Many books include more than one locality. A special effort has been made to record all of them, as a single village may be mentioned only there. In very few cases the actual locality name has not been found in WOWW. In these cases the locality names are in italics. The main town is in bold letters.

3. Countries- The country where the town exists today.

4. Title and Imprint- For easiest use, the title has been translated in English, and the publication place and date have been added.

It is interesting to examine the publication places and dates. The earliest books were published in 1946 in Buenos Aires and New York, when the enormity of the destruction and loss of Jewish lives began to penetrate the consciousness of Diaspora Jewry. Some books appeared in the 1950s, but the real upsurge in publishing memorial books of vanished communities took place during the 1960s and 1970s, primarily in Israel. In the 1980s and 1990s many historical books were written about the Jewish communities of Germany; communities that existed for two or three centuries before the Holocaust and do not exist anymore. By the end of the 1990s yizkor books about communities from countries of the former Soviet Union, especially Ukraine and Belarus, began to appear. Memorial books still continue to be published.

5. Notes- This describes the content of the book from a genealogical point of view. The following details have been indexed: lists of martyrs or deportees, censuses, various lists of inhabitants, cemetery tombstone inscriptions, genealogies, etc. (for more information, see “Abbreviations”).

6. Languages- This column provides information about the language or languages in which the book is written. Most books are written in Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Hungarian or, while the others are in English, Romanian, Czech and Croatian.

7. Abbreviations- A special table lists the abbreviations along with their meaning.

8. Genealogies- There are 433 family trees/histories found in this collection and have been separately indexed. Ninety percent of them are German families.
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D
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G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
QR
S
T
U
V
W
Y
Z

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