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Yiskor Bikher (Memorial Books)

Yiskor bikher, or Memorial Books, were written after the Holocaust by survivors. The purpose of these books was to document the shtetls (Jewish villages of Central and Eastern Europe) that were destroyed and record the names of those Jews killed by Nazis or Nazi sympathizers. Yiskor books are a source of valuable information about life in Jewish towns before the Holocaust and for genealogical research. These books may contain biographies, photographs, maps and other items of historical interest.

The Special Collections staff welcomes the use of these books by appointment or by e-mail. Most of these books are in Hebrew or Yiddish; please be aware that transliteration or translation services are not available. Photocopies or electronic scans may be requested, but may not be ready the same day. When requesting information by email, please give variable spellings.

Complete listing of Yiskor book titles

Some of the Yiskor collections below have books available online or are able to provide full or partial copies:

New York Public Library Yiskor Book Collection

JewishGen Yiskor Book Project

National Yiddish Book Center

The Holocaust Center of Northern California


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