The Częstochowa Yizkor Books Project

- Holocaust Survivors remembering the world that was taken from them

Yizkor Books were, in the main, written by Holocaust Survivors, from the late 1940’s through to the 1960’s. Once this Holocaust Survivor generation is no longer with us, these books will enable these Survivors to continue to talk to us “from beyond the grave”.

These books are an important resource for research by historians and genealogists, as well as for the Survivors’ descendants when tracing family history or their own genealogy.

Most of the Yizkor Books relating to Częstochowa and the surrounding area have, to some degree or another, been translated into English – except for Czenstochov and Sefer Częstochowa which have only now been professionally translated into English for the first time.

This is the manner in which translations of our Yizkor Books SHOULD and MUST be carried out, in order to meet professional standards and to withstand possible critical reading into the future.

HOWEVER, this has not always been the case with past English-language translations of other Częstochowa Yizkor Books. It has therefore been decided to translate, FROM ZERO, all the other Yizkor Books relating to Częstochowa and the surrounding area.

We currently have an EXCELLENT translator in Dave Horowitz-Larochette, who is very competent in translating from both Hebrew and Yiddish.

None other than Professor Dariusz Stola, noted historian, academic and former Director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, has assesed our online YIZKOR BOOK PROJECT and stated that by “presenting a proper, accurate and annotated translation, you will set a new standard and encourage others to follow”.

To learn more about THE CZĘSTOCHOWA YIZKOR BOOKS PROJECT, click HERE.

As future translations become available, we will make these English translations available on this website. Links to each book will appear below:


The Częstochowa Yizkor Books Project has been made possible by the financial support of the

 

Wolf Rajcher z”l and Dora Rajcher z”l were both Holocaust survivors from Częstochowa.
They were prisoners in both the “Big Ghetto” and the “Small Ghetto” and, until liberation, were slave labourers in HASAG-Pelcery. Following the War, they emigrated to Melbourne Australia.
Upon the passing of both his parents, their son, Andrew Rajcher, established this charitable fund in their memory.

CZĘSTOCHOWA

IN THE GHETTOES – WARSAW, CZĘSTOCHOWA (1945)
by ADAM ZILBERSZTAJN


Click HERE to access

CZENSTOCHOWER YIDN (1947)
(THE JEWS
OF CZĘSTOCHOWA)


Click HERE to access

CZENSTOCHOV (1958)
(A SUPPLEMENT TO
“CZENSTOCHOVER YIDN”)

Click HERE to access

SEFER CZENSTOCHOW (1968)
(THE BOOK OF CZĘSTOCHOWA)
Volume 1

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SEFER CZENSTOCHOW (1968)
(THE BOOK OF CZĘSTOCHOWA)
Volume 2

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KRZEPICE

THE PROSPECT OF A
KRZEPICE YIZKOR BOOK (1963)
– A MATZEVAH TO THE TOWN AND VICINITY

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KRZEPICE -“BEYOND SILENCE”
by MOSHE DEKEL z”l (2015)
– A QUEST FOR ROOTS IN KRZEPICE

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ŻARKI

THE COMMUNITY OF ŻARKI (1959)
– A TOWN IN ITS LIFE AND
IN ITS DESTRUCTION

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