The Library holds copies of more than 800 memorial volumes for communities destroyed in the Holocaust. These are typically produced by single survivors, or by groups of them, describing their home city, town, or village; its institutions, history and destruction. They often contain photos and maps, as well as the testimony in Yiddish or in Hebrew of those who grew up and lived in each place. They were produced in small printruns for survivors and their relatives. These books are often the only record left of these communities, and as such are vital to any understanding of prewar European Jewry. The purchase of many of these volumes has been made possible by the Lewis Family Interests, to which the Library is particularly grateful.
To learn more about our Yizkor Book collection, click here to download an article by Zosia Sochanska.