We wish to inform you of a newly published reference book:

Jewish Memorial (Yizkor) Books in UK – Destroyed European Communities

Cyril Fox & Saul Issroff. ISBN 0-9537669-5-0

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain London 2006 188 pages

This book is a unique listing of approximately 1,000 yizkor books and memorbücher in 32 academic libraries in the United Kingdom. The aim of this book is to keep alive the memory of the past and of the Holocaust , as it is recorded in these precious volumes. In addition, they are a valuable resource for genealogists seeking their roots.

A typical Yizkor Book is written in Yiddish or Hebrew (but many have English sections), and contains a history of the community, many pictures and photographs of buildings and people, and a list of those murdered by the Nazis. A list of books translated or partly translated into English is given. Localities such as country or place names are listed alphabetically. The original language(s) of each book are noted. Bibliographic details about each entry, including the geographical co-ordinates of specific towns or villages are given (because many places have similar or even identical names) Smaller places, mentioned in yizkor books but not in the title of the book are listed.

A detailed introduction explains the historical origins, the significance and structure of yizkor books, the methods of compilation and the value to historians and genealogists.

UK: £19-50 + p & p £2
USA: $35 + p & p. $10 (book will be sent by airmail)

This may be ordered through our website:


Dr Cyril Fox