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Sunday, March 6 • 11:00am - 11:50am
An Exploration of Eastern European Jewish History through Yizkor Books

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In the decades following the Shoah, Holocaust survivors throughout the world felt the need to perpetuate the memory of their destroyed communities through the publication of memorial books known as Yizkor Books. These books contain sections on the Jewish and general history of the city or town, as well as the story of how the Holocaust unfolded in the specific community. The chapters are a unique blend of formal history and personal reminiscences and memoirs. These books are often complemented with copious photographs as well as lists of names. Approximately 1,200 such books exist, forming a significant information source on the entire spectrum of Eastern European Jewish life. In this talk, I will present an overview of the contents and structure of these books, as well as several unique and unusual Shoah testimonies gleaned from their pages. Of course, I will bring along several examples of these books in their original as well as in translation.

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Jerrold Landau

For the past two decades, Jerrold Landau has been a translator of Yizkor Books, encyclopedia articles and other material of Jewish historical and genealogical interest from Hebrew and Yiddish into English. Jerrold’s translations are published on the JewishGen website as well as his own personal website at http://jerroldlandau.com . Several of the translated Yizkor Books now appear in print as well. Through this work, Jerrold has... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am

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