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"2000 Idiomatic Expressions in Yiddish" Authored by Yosef Guri and published by Hebrew University Press. 430 pages. Here you will find in this new dictionary idiomatic equivalents in English, Hebrew and Russian. Distributed by Magnes Press E-mail
"Across the Sabbath River: In Search of a Lost Tribe of Israel" Authored by Hillel Halkin and published by Houghton Mifflin. After years of searching for traces of the Los Tribes of Israel throughout Asia, the author, like most of the serious scholars, hadn't found a single document, artifact or tradition that could prove any links between tribal peoples and the Lost Tribe. Makes for and interesting story.
"And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past as
Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost"
Authored by Roger Bennett
Josh Kun (Author) (Hardcover with CD included).
The authors have been collecting early 20th century Yiddish
phonograph records - and include the Barry Sisters, Hava Nagila by
Joe Guijano and a Fiddler on the Roof Medley along with Johnny
Mathis singing Kol Nidre.
"Beyond Courage: The Untold
Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust"
Authored by Doreen Rappaport and published by Candlewick
"TheBielski Brothers" Authored by Peter Duffy and published by Harper Collins.
"A Bintel Brief" Authored by Isaac Metzker - who has edited a summary of 60 years of letters from the section of the Daily Forward known as "A Bintel Brief." It is a study of the problems, struggles and history of real people from the Lower East Side of New York as reflected in their letters to The Daily Forward during this time.
"The Book of Jewish Customs" Authored by Harvey Lutske. All of those superstitions that you learned from your mother and/or grandmother come to light in this book. ISBN 0-87668-916-0
"A Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names" Authored by Alexander Beider
"A Dictionary of Jewish Names and Their History" Authored by Benzion C. Kaganoff
"A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire"and "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland" Authored by Alexander Beider. Beider is a Moscow born Jewish émigré living in Parisand is a proven skilled and savvy name smith. He is a computer consultant and project analyst by day, and moonlights in libraries and archives, in Paris and elsewhere, to research his favorite topic -- Jewish names. His books are published by Avotaynu, Inc. of New Jersey. ASIN: 0962637394
"A Family Remembers: How to Create a Family Memoir Using Video and Tape Recorders (Self-Counsel)"
Authored by Paul McLaughlin ASIN 0889082936
"A Guide To Research In Paris" Authored by Archives de Paris, and Published by The Archives de Paris at 18 d. Serurier, 75019 Paris, France, is a guide to biographical & genealogical research in Paris.
"A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People" Authored by Martin Gilbert contains many diagrams that illustrate Jewish migrations starting from Biblical times to the present. ISBN: 0805241272
"A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People" From the time of the Patriarchs to the present. General Editor Eli Barnavi; English Editions Editor Miriam Eliav-Feldon. Published by Schocken Books, New York City. ISBN 0679403329
"A Historical Atlas of Ukraine" Authored by Paul Robert Magocsi and published by the University of Toronto Press. ISBN: 0802034284
"A Preservation Guide: Saving the Past and Present for the Future" Authored by Barbara Sagraves
"A Student Guide to Jewish American Genealogy" American Family Tree Series - Jay Schleiter. ISBN 0897749774
"Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming
America" Authored by Boston Globe reporter Adam Pertman and published by Basic Books The book doesn't pertain to genealogical research, but it does have direct relevance for the genealogical realities in many of our trees. ISBN 0-465-05650-4
"After Long Silence" Authored by Helen Fremont deals with Jewish ancestry and identity. ASIN 9992321210
"American Jewish Yearbook 1960" Published by the American Jewish Committee.
"American Jews In World War II" Authored by I. Kaufman and published by Dial Press in 1947, Volume One
"An American Hebrew's Heroic Life" A tribute to Elias L. Hyneman by his cousin, Alice H. R. Sotheran
"A Passion for Truth" Authored by Abraham Joshua Heschel ASIN 0374511845
"Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History and Genealogy" Authored by Jim Willard
"A Student's Guide to Jewish American Genealogy" Authored by Jay Schleifer
"And the Policeman Smiled" A story relating to many (10,000) Czech children coming on the Kindertransport Authored by Barry Turner in 1990 ISBN 0 7475 0958 1
"The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches" Salt Lake City: published by Ancestry, 1988
"Are Yentas, Kibitzers & Tummlers Weapons of Mass Instruction?" Authored by Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe and published by Malka Publications, 19 Market Drive Syosset, NY 11791 $12 USA $14 Canada $3 shipping & handling. A book of Yiddish Trivia.
When researching our Jewish roots, we remember that before 1939, when the mass murder of the Eastern European Jews began, there were 11 million people in Europe who spoke Mama Loshen, i.e., the language of their Mothers. Yiddish. We also recall that in 1883, the Russian government banned Yiddish performances, and Yiddish actors and dramatists joined the mass emigration westwards across Europe to Paris, London, and New York.
Ms. Wolfe, a columnist for Gantseh Megillah discusses the "Yiddisha Mama," Abraham Goldfaden (Father of the Yiddish Theater), The Jewish Daily, "gefilte fish" (Jacques Cousteau--alev a sholem--is still looking for it), "Yamaha" (a religious skullcap for women) a Kulikov trial, "fancy-schmantzy" and the abbreviation "VD"--Voo Den? ... or volume discount? Learn which Rabbi said, "No chuppa, no shtuppa," and which critic rates some restaurants as "farkacht!"
"Atlas of the Holocaust" Authored by Martin Gilbert ISBN: 0718121600
"Atlas of Modern Jewish History" Authored by Evytar Friesel. The book is presently out of print but there is one copy available in Melbourne, Australia. Use one of the Book resources to find a copy of this, and other books. ASIN: 0195053931
"Atlas of Russian History" Authoredby Martin Gilbert, published in 1972 by Dorset Press. ISBN: 0195210611
"A Vanished World" Authored by Roman Vishniac and published in 1983. This
book of pictures that Vishniak took in the Jewish communities
of Eastern Europe between 1935 and 1938. It won the
National Jewish Book award and it was the book that Steven Spielberg
relied on for design of settings in "Schindler's List".
"The Avengers: A Jewish War Story" Authored by Rich Cohen and published in New York by Knopf in 2000. A story about a guy and two teenage girls who risked their lives in the Vilna ghetto and subsequently bombed their own city as they helped pave the way for its liberation.
"Back to the Soil, the Jewish Farmers of Clarion" Authored by Robert Alan Goldberg. This book deals with the Clarion colony. ASIN 0874802636
"Bashert: A Granddaughter's Holocaust Quest" Authored by Andrea Simon and published by University Press of Mississippi Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography American Jewish writer exposes Brona Gora massacre and Holocaust tragedy. When Andrea Simon separated from her American tour group to hunt for ancestral traces in the village of Volchinin Belarus, she met a tragedy no one had written about. $28.00, hardback, ISBN 1-57806-481-3
"Becoming a Professional Genealogist" Authored by Nancy E. Carlberg - ASIN: 094487813X
"Beginners Ancestor Research Kit" Authored by Philip Beck
"Beginner's Guide to Family History Research" Authored by Desmond W. Allen ASIN: 155867019X
"Beit Rabbanian: Sources of Rabbinical Genealogy" Authored by Chaim Freedman and published in 2001. It offers a survey of Hebrew sources for rabbinical genealogical research which may be unknown or inaccessible to those not fluent in Hebrew. In English, the volume is a review of 130 texts which are the main sources for this field. 69 page, large format paperback. Price in Israel, NIS 40 including postage. Order directly from Chaim Freedman, Hayasmin 7/2, Petah Tikva 49650 Israel; or email
firstname.lastname@example.org In the US, orders can be sent to Avotaynu, $20 including postage.
"The Beilis Transcripts: The Anti-Semitic Trial That Shook the World" Authored by Ezekiel Leikin (Editor)
"Better Than Gold: An Immigrant Family's First Years in Brooklyn" Author Oshry Efroim ISBN: 0966044002
"Between Two Streams: A Diary from Bergen-Belsen" Authored by Abel J. Herzberg and published in New York by I. B. Tauris ISBN: 1860641210
"The Big Book of Jewish Baseball: An Illustrated Encyclopedia &
Anecdotal History" Authored by Peter Horvitz & Joachim Horvitz ISBN: 1561719750
"The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated
Compendium Of Sports History & The 150 Greatest Jewish
Sports Starts" Authored by Peter Horvitz SPBooks.com, or 212 431 5011 $19.95
"TheBook of Jewish Food" Authored by Claudia Rodin, offers a look back in the types of foods influenced by Jews. ISBN: 039453258
"Brave Old World" This book claims
Chernobyl was at one time a Hasidic center and there is a prominent Chassidic family by the name of Twersky. ASIN: 0805281355
"Building Jerusalem - Jewish Architecture in Britain" Authored by Sharman Kadish and published in 1996 by Vallentine Mitchell in London. It's more than an architectural book since it intertwines Jewish history with the buildings that were produced for the Jewish community and has chapters on cemeteries, mikvot and other subject that could be of genealogical interest. It lists the names of many families.
"Carved Memories: Heritage in Stone from the Russian Jewish Pale" Authored by David Noevich Goberman, Robert Pinsky (Introduction), Gershon D. Hundert ISBN: 0847822567
"The Chase Is The Game: The Journeys of an American-Israeli Pioneer" Authored by Saadia Gelb and published by Dworkin and Co./Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc. $16.95. This is the author's autobiography who starts with his birth in Galicia, his move to Minneapolis, where his father was one of my Hebrew teachers and ends in a Kibbutz (Kfar Blum) in Israel as the director.
"Child Apprentices in America, from Christ's Hospital,
London, 1617-1778" ISBN: 080631270X
Children of Willesden Lane, Beyond the Kindertransport: A Love and
Survival" Authored by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. Published by Warner Books
"The Chosen People" Authored by A. N. Oppenheim, a professor at the London School of Economics. The book contains a list of the 'exchanged Jews' with dates and places of birth. The story itself is a worthy successor to Schindler's List, according to Dick Plotz who reviewed it. "In 1944, a group of 222 concentration camp inmates (mostly in Bergen-Belsen and of Dutch origin) were exchanged, under the auspices of the International Red Cross, for an equal number of German civilians interned by the British mandatory authority in Palestine. This story is little known, even in Israel. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-By-Reign Record of
the Rulers of Ancient Israel" Authored by J. W. Rogerson ISBN: 0500050953
"Cite Your Sources: A Manual for documenting Family
Genealogical Records" Authored by Richard S. Lackey ISBN: 0878052860
"Commemorative Book of Ukraine" Lists fallen soldiers in WWW II by Oblast
"TheComplete Book of Emigrants" In four volumes (1607-1660; 1661-1699; 1700-1750; 1751-1775) ISBN: 0806312211
"TheComplete Book of Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775" Authored by Peter Coldham Wilson ASIN: 0806310030
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History" Authored by
Rabbi Benjamin Blech
"TheComplete Idiot's Guide to Learning Yiddish" Authored by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
"Concentration Camps: A traveler's guide to WW II Sites" Authored by Marc Terrance and published by Universal Publishers in 1999. A detailed travel guide to concentration camps, memorials and other sites related to the Third Reich and the Holocaust. Provides a map and directions for reaching each site via car, bus and train, contact information, hours of operation, entrance fees, tour provisions and a description of what remains at each site today. Includes maps and photographs, travel tips, helpful websites and an index.
"Concise Dictionary of American Jewish Biography" Authored by Jacob Rader Marcus and published in 2 volumes in 1994, provides citations in periodical and newspaper articles and obituaries, etc. ASIN: 0926019740
"Crossing the Narrow Bridge" A Practical Guide to Rebbe
Teachings" Authored by Chaim Kramer ISBN: 0930213408
"Cultures of the Jews: A New History" Edited by David Biale and published by Schocken Press ISBN: 0805241310
"Dear Diary: The Art and Craft of Writing a Creative Journal" Authored by Joan R. Neubauer ISBN: 0916489612
"The Detroit Yiddish Theater 1920 - 1937" Authored by James Albert Miller (a good source in searching for Yiddish actors). Jewish Genealogy etc.
See also myYiddish Dictionaryand you will find a large selection using my link to Amazon.com by
"A Dictionary of Selected Jewish Names" Authored by Benzion Kaganoff
"The Dictionary of Genealogy" Authored by Terrick Fitzhugh & Susan Lumas ASIN: 0389205656
"Dictionary of Jewish Surnames From the Russian Empire" Including their origins, structures, pronunciations and migrations is authored by Alexander Beider and published by Avotaynu, Inc. is 728 pages in length and lists more than 15,000 Ashkenazic given names and variations, linking their derivations to a pool of about 735 root names. ISBN: 0962637335
"Dictionary of Jewish Surnames From the Poland" Including their origins, structures, pronunciations and migrations is authored by Alexander Beider and published by Avotaynu, Inc ISBN: 0962637394
"Hebrew and Aramaic Words in the Yiddish Language - Their
Spelling and Translation into English and
Russian" Authored by Dr. Moisey Wolf. The dictionary is available for $12 from the Jewish Federation of Portland, Oregon Phone: (503) 245 6219
Multi-Lingual Dictionaries Along with Translations between European languages and much more. This site provides the most comprehensive and authoritative portal for language and language-related products and services with more than 1,800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages.
"Yiddish Words and their Meanings" English to Yiddish
"Diaspora: Homelands in Exile" Authored by Frederic Brenner, is a two volume set of photographs and essays and published by HarperCollins. Brenner roamed five continents living with and photographing indigenous Jews -- from Azerbaijan to Yemen and Brooklyn to Jerusalem. He also authored "Jews/America/A Representation" in 1996.
"Discovering Your Jewish Ancestors" A comprehensive beginners guide rich with illustrations and examples Authored by Barbara Krasner-Khait.
"Documents of Our Ancestors" Authored by Michael J. Meshenberg. Here you will find a selection of reproducible general forms and tips.
"TheEarth is the Lord's: The Inner World of the Jew in Eastern Europe" Authored by Abraham Joshua Heschel and illustrated by Ilya Schor. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Eight Chapters In The History of Jamaica" (1508 - 1680) By Richard Hill and published by M. DeCordova McDougall, Kingston, Jamaica. Published in 1868, the book illustrates the Jewish settlement on the Island.
Einsatzgruppen Reports: Selections from the Dispatches of the
Death Squads' Campaign Against the Jews July
1943" Authored by Yitzhak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski, Shmuel Spector (Editor) Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Eliyahu's Branches: The Descendants of the Vilna Gaon and
Family" Authored by Chaim Freedman and published by Avotaynu in 1997. It includes 20,000 names and a host of biographical and historic details.
"Eliyahu's Roots" Authored by Chaim Freedman. The library of the Israel Genealogical Society has this book. The library is open on the day of the monthly meeting from 18.00 to 19.30.
"Ellis Island Interviews, In their Own Words" Authored by Peter Coan This book offers first hand accounts of the immigration experience.
"Emigrants from England to the American Colonies, 1773-
"Encyclopedia.com More than 50,000 articles plus links giving you access to millions of articles and pictures in Electric Library. Free trial.
"Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture" Edited by Jack R. Fischel with Susan M. Ortmann and published by Greenwood Press. This is a topical guide to literature politics and Yiddish theater -- and so much more.
"Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities" An important resource. It is in three volume set.
"Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture"
Covers everything from anti-Semitism to Zionism and includes a
glossary, bibliography, biographies, articles, virtual Israel tour,
original documents and more
"Encyclopedia of Judaica" Of great research value and can be found at most JGS Society Libraries and Public Libraries. A CD version is also available. You can do a global search of the 16 volumes and 8 yearbooks in the CD version. Published in New York by Macmillan Publishing in 1971
"Fame, Fortune and Sweet Liberty" Considered by many, as an excellent book on the Great European Emigration, published in Bremen both in English and German editions.
"Family History Logbook" Authored by Rheinhard Klien
"Family Tree Kit" Authored by Noel M. Elliot
"TheFamily Tree Kit: International Edition, 103 Countries"
"FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Jewish Genealogy" Authored by Warren Blatt
"Far Away Place: Lessons In Exile" Authored by Howard R. Wolf. Essays on Turkey, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Finland, Manhattan, the Niagara Frontier and Broward Country. A blend of traditional travel material, Cultural exploration and autobiography in which a Jewish American educator searches for the meaning of personal and national identity.
"Fear No Evil: The Classic Memoir of One Man's Triumph over a Police
State" Authored by Natan Sharansky and Stefani Hoffman
"Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy" Authored by Dan Rottenberg and published in New York by Random House in 1977. ISBN 0-8063-1151-7
"First American Jewish Families, 600 Genealogies, 1654-1988" Authored by Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern
"Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy" Authored by Dan Rottenberg
"TheFlying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North
Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage" Edited by Loolwa Khazzom and published by Seal Press. A story of 17 feminists of Sephardi and Mizrahi backgrounds - religious and secular, North American and Israeli - share their stories of discrimination, insecurity and sometimes rebellion.
"Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide" Authored by Jonathan D. Shea
"Fortune Teller's Kiss" Authored by Brenda Serotte and published by the University of Nebraska Press. A story about a Turkish Jew in the Bronx, in a fortune-telling, belly-dancing family.
"For All Time: A Complete guide to Writing Your Family
History" Authored by Charley Kempthorne
"From Generation to Generation: How To Trace your Jewish Genealogy
and Personal History" Authored by Arthur Kurzweil. Revised Edition. Published in New York by Harper Collins in 1994. ISBN-0-06270097-9
"From The Spirit of the Ghetto" Authored by Hutchins Hapgood and published in 1905. Book has information about the Yiddish stage founded in Romania in 1876 by Abraham Goldfaden and reached it's highest development in New York with 70-80 actors, 12 playwrights.
"TheFrontier Jews" Authoredby Rabbi I. Harold Sharfman, was written in 1977 and published by Citadel Press. Contains information about early Jewish communities in Texas, Pennsylvania, the Great Lakes etc. Rabbi Sharfman also wrote "Reform and Orthodox at High Noon" - a shootout in the streets of Portland. ISBN 0-8065-0649-0 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Fragile Branches: Travels Through the Jewish Diaspora" Authored by James R. Ross and published by Riverhead Books, 229 pages. The author reports on the result of his research into finding Jews in remote parts of the world, including Peru, Brazil, India, Karaitesand others.
"The Gates of November: Chronicles of the Slepak Family" Authored by Chaim Potok
"Genealogical Research and Resources: A Guide for Library
Use" Authored by Lois C. Gilmer
"Genealogical Resources in the N.Y. Metro Area" Authored by Estelle M. Guzik
"The Genealogist's Address Book" Authored by Elizabeth Petty Bentley
"TheGenealogist's Companion & Sourcebook" Authored by Emily Anne Croom
"The Genealogist's Handbook: Modern Methods for
History" Authored by Raymond S. Wright
"The Genealogy Sourcebook" Authored by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack.
"Genealogy Starter Kit" Authored by William Dollarhide
"TheGenesis of Your Genealogy: Step-By-Step Instruction
Beginner in Family History" Authored by Elizabeth L. Nichols
"Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy" Authored by Gary Mokotoff and Warren Blatt
"Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy: A Handbook for
with Supplementary Information for
Advanced Research" Third Edition, November 2002 and compiled by Dr. Ronald D. Doctor. Buy direct from Jewish Genealogy Society Oregon P.O. Box 19736, Portland, Oregon 97280 $21.00 including shipping. E-mail:
"Ghetto Diary" Authored by Janusz Korczak and published by Yale University Press. A true story of how Korczak refused to leave the 200 destitute orphans in his care in a Ghetto orphanage when the Nazis yelled out "All Jews out". He, and the children were taken to Treblinka where they were promptly sent to the ovens. Korczak had kept a diary and tried to make sense of his own life as a doctor, educator and writer even as he tried to make sense of the evil all around him.
"God & Country" Published by Old China Hand Press in Hong Kong, will be of interest to those who may be researching families who formerly lived in Shanghai. There are pictures of buildings and portions of tombstones, maps and text relating to both Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews who at one time lived in Shanghai.
"Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family History Research" Authored by J. Carlyle Parker
"The Golden Land: The Story of Jewish Immigration to
America" Authored by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and published by Crown Publishers/Harmony Books. A concise history of Jewish immigration to America from 1654 with the arrival of the Sephardic Jews to today.
"TheGolden Tradition: Jewish Life and Thought in
Eastern Europe" By Lucy S. Dawidowicz (Editor) Jewish Genealogy etc.
Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe: A Travel Guide and Resource Book to Prague, Warsaw, Crakow and Budapest" Authored by Eli Valley, a guidebook that discusses everything related to the history and current affairs of Jewish life in these four cities by an American Jew who lived in Prague for several years during the 1990s. The book is published by Jason Aronson, Inc.
"Guide For the Deaf on Jewish Mourning" Our Way/National Jewish Council for the Disabled has published a new guide for the deaf on Jewish mourning. The guide features the traditional prayer recited at a mourner's home in Hebrew, English and Sign Language, as well as Jewish laws about death and mourning. The guide is available for no cost, although contributions are welcome. For information about receiving the guide or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Rabbi E. Lederfeind 1 212 613 8234 or by
"Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives" Revised edition published by the National Archives Trust Fund Board in Washington, DC in 1991. This is an excellent resource especially if you intend to visit the National Archives in Washington.
"Guide to Jewish Europe" Authored by Oscar Israelowitz and published by Israelowitz Publishing in 1995. Presents general Jewish information about nineteen different countries or regions in Western Europe with considerable information provide about France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Lists synagogues, mikva'ot and kosher restaurants by city as wells a non-Jewish museums and places of interest. Includes maps, photographs, Sabbath timetables, a brief bibliography and an index.
"Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research in Israel" Authored by Sallyanne Amdur Sack, PhD
"Guide to the YIVO Landmanschaften Archives" Listed are more than 200 Landsmanshaft organizations and other benevolent societies at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Studies in New York. Ordering information and a list of all towns represented in the book
"HaMadrij: A Guide to the Values and Practices of Modern
Judaism" A Spanish guide to Judaism. Authored by Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, spiritual leader of The New Reform Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
"Handbook for Genealogists, United States of America" Published by The Everton Publishers, Inc. in 1997.
"The Handybook for Genealogists, United States of America",
Eighth edition. Published by the Everton Publishers, Inc. in 1997 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Hasidic Wisdom: Sayings from the Jewish Sages" Authored by Simcha Raz (Compiler), Dov Peretz Elkins (Translator) and Jonathan Elkins (Translator)
"Haven" Authored by Ruth Gruber who was a special assistant to Harold Ickes and was given the rank of simulated general, in case she was shot down by Nazi planes and taken prisoner. She brought Jews to the US from Italy to Oswego, NY refugee camp. It's a fascinating book and does have photos and names of some of those who were interred there.
"Hear My Story: What Jews Really Think and Feel" Authored by Michael Jaffe Garbutt and published by Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., in 2000. Garbutt interviewed 420 Jews in North America, Australia and England over a two year period to find out what being Jewish means.
"Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish women in
from Colonial Times to the Present" Authored by Hasia R. Diner and beryl Lieff Benderly. This is a book by and about Jewish women. Some of the material included is based on some interesting letters written by a German Jewish immigrant Rebecca Samuel, to her parents in the 1790s and others in the revolutionary war period.
This book includes the story of a woman who arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota and another who lived on Madeleine Island trading with the Indians, in 1852. Published by Basic Books, 459 pages $35.00 A complete review of the book, by Ruth F. Brin, can be found in the American Jewish World issue of August 23, 2002.
"Heshel's Kingdom" Authored by Dan Jacobson is about a South African writer traveling to his grandfather's shtetl of Varniai. Hardcover, 256 pages published by Northwestern University Press in April, 1999 ISBN: 0810117045
"Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places" Authored by Laura Szucs Pfeiffer
"Hiding in the Open: A Holocaust Memoir" Authored by Sabina Zimering. Zimering, at the age of 16, watched as her town of Piotrkow became home to the first Jewish ghetto in German occupied Poland. The book details her life, along with her mother and a sister, as they lived and worked in a German labor camp, using passports supplied by Polish neighbors, and later found employment in Regensburgat the Hotel Maximilian. To order the book, contact Molly Grisham, 612 338 7816 or E-mail
"Hippocrene Insider's Guide to Poland's Jewish Heritage" Authored by Joram Kagan and published in New York by Hippocrene Books, Inc. in 1992.
"Hippocrene Language and Travel Guide to Ukraine" Authored by Linda Hodges and George Chumak
"Historical Atlas of East Central Europe" Authored by Paul Robert Magocsi - shows what happened to the boundaries of the countries of East Central Europe over the past centuries. It may no longer be available, but try the libraries and used book shops. It was published in 1998 by the University of Washington Press in Seattle, WA. Although its main emphasis is Italy and Germany to the west and the borders of the old Russian Empire on the east, because of the fluidity of the eastern boundaries, it also includes a substantial part of present day Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine.
"A History of the Jews in America" Authored by Howard M. Sachar
"History of the Jews in Russia and Poland" Authored by Simon Dubnow and Israel Friedlander
Holocaust Various books relating to this subject can also be found at my 'Holocaust
or check out my Amazon.com link
"Immigrants to Freedom" - (Jewish Communities in rural New Jersey since 1882)
Authored by Joseph
"Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished
Business of WW II" Authored by Stuart E. Eizenstat and published by Perseus - 400 pages
"In Memoriam" 40 Jewish boys and girls who lived in a "Kibbutz" in the village of Hummeloin Holland from 1941-1943 ISBN 9012091785 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"In Memory's Kitchen" A collection of recipes that survived the Terezin concentration camp. Edited by Cara De Silva and translated by Bianca Steiner Brown and published by Jason Aronson, Inc. Northvale new Jersey/London 1996. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"In our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish
Brigade in World
War II A wonderful documentary about the Jewish Brigade, the all-Jewish fighting unit in the British Army in the Second World War, and about its activities immediately after the war
"In Praise of the Baal Shem Tov; The Earliest Collection
About the Founder of Hasidism - Shivhei
Ha-Besht" Authored by Dan Ben-Amos (Editor) and Jerome R. Mintz
"International Guide to Nineteenth-Century Photographers and Their
Works Authored by Gary Edwards and published in 1988 in Boston, MA by G. K. Hall. Possible interesting information about professional photographers ISBN 0-8161-8938-2 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"In The Beginning" The story about an Am Kedoshim Society in New York which functioned in the 1920s-30s to aid emigration from Galicia to America, helping those financially and morally to come and settle in America - authored by Chaim Potok. Am Kedoshim means 'Holy People' and according to Naomi Fatouros
NFatouros@aol.comshe believes that it is a 'fictional' name for the real "HIAS" (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Association) or for "HICEM".
HICEM was formed around 1929 when the Jewish colonial Association and HIAS united to avoid duplication of efforts and the complications which could arise from such duplication.
"In the Wake of the Plaque: The Black Death and the
World It Made" Authored by Norman F. Cantor and published by Free Press. The Black Death was actually a series of plagues that began in the 14th century.
The major outbreak of 1347-50 killed off almost half of Europe's population and resulted in vast social, economic and cultural upheavals. Through his stories of individuals affected by the plague, landowners, kings, abbots and ordinary people -- Cantor's popular account presents both the awful reality of one of the great disasters in the history of human civilization and its sometimes surprising beneficial effect visible only in hindsight. Jewish Genealogy etc. ISBN: 0684857359.
"Irving Berlin: American Troubadour" Authored by Edward Jablonski and published in 1999 offers an insight into the lives of Jews emigrating from Belarus to New York including a detailed itinerary. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"The Jewish Traveler" Hadassah Magazine's Guide to the World's Jewish Communities and Sights, edited by Alan M. Tigay
"The Jewish Victorian" Authored by Doreen Berger. Contains genealogical information from the Jewish newspapers from 1871 to 1880 - six hundred pages with more than 20,000 entries. Births, marriages and deaths of the Jewish community of England and with links to the British Colonies. ISBN 1 899536 38 8 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Jewish Heritage Travel" Authored by Ruth E. Gruber and published in 1992 by John Wiley & Sons, New York. A guide To East-Central Europe is a cultural and historical travel guide to Jewish heritage in Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. Updated editions 1994 (Wiley) and 1999 (Jason Aronson)
"Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity
in New York,
1880-1939" Authored by Daniel Soyer Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Jewish Immigrants of the Nazi Period in the U.S.A.:
Guide to the Oral History Collection of the Research
Foundation for Jewish Immigration" Authored by Herbert A. Strauss
"Jewish Life in Small-town America: A History" Authored by Lee Shai Weissback and published by Yale University Press
"Jewish Soldiers -- Soviet Union -- Registers" (in Russian) Kniga Pamiati Voinov-evreev Pavshikh v Boiakh s Natsizmom 1941-1945 / [red. kol. M.F. Marianovskil, N.A. Pivovarova, I.S. Sobol]. Gedenk. A copy of this book is in the University of Illinois Library as well as Stanford University. OCLC ID No.: 37127239
"Jewish Travel Guide" Edited by Stephen W. Massil and published in association with the Jewish Chronicle, London. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Jewish Travel Guide 2001: International Edition" Edited by Michael Zaidner - describes Jewish sites of interest in over 110 countries. Provides a brief summary of Jewish history in each, followed by a town-by-town listing of synagogues, museums, libraries, organizations, hotels, restaurants, grocers, bakeries, mikva'ot, etc and includes a list of kosher fish worldwide, an abridged Jewish calendar and an index. Jewish Genealogy etc.
Vital Records, Revision Lists & other Jewish Holdings in the
Lithuanian Archives" Authored by Harold Jewish Genealogy etc.Rhodes
"The Jews of Khazaria" Authored by Kevin Alan Brooks, published by Jason Aronson, Inc., New Jersey: 1999, aims to capture the History of Khazaria, a Jewish state near the Caspian sea that reigned between the 7th to 11th centuries, starting as a small tribe and growing in size and in power. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Jews in Places You Never Thought Of" A 305 page hardback that discusses Jewish groups around the world. $29.50 from Kulanu, 1217 Edgevale Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910. 301 681 5679
"Ketubbah: Jewish Marriage Contracts of the Hebrew
Skirball Museum and Klau Library"
"Ketubot: Marriage Contracts from the Jewish Museum" Authored by the Jewish Museum
"Kiddush Hashem: Jewish Religious and Cultural Life
in Poland During the Holocaust" Authored by Shimon Huberband and published in New York by Yeshiva University Press in 1987
"Koros Podolia Vkadmoneyos Hayhoodim Sham" (in Hebrew)
A listing of an 1895 book published in Odessa by Menachem Litinsky.
"The Land of Riddles (Russia of To-Day)" Authored by Hugo Ganz and published in English in 1904 by Harper & Brothers. Ganz describes his tour of Russia "an empire of one hundred and thirty millions of prisoners and of one million jailers," of "gendarmes in gray coats," and "greasy Jews with their long coasts of uncertain color," and never absent "secret police with their questionable gentility."
"The Light Beyond: Adventures in Hassidic Thought" Authored by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan
"TheLibrary of Congress: A Guide to Genealogical
Research" Authored by James C. Neagles Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Library Resources for German- Jewish Genealogy (Avotaynu Monograph Series)
"Life is with People" The Culture of the Shtetl" Authored by Mark Zborowski and Elizabeth Herzog and published in New York by Schocken Books in 1962 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"A Linguistic Atlas of Eastern European Yiddish" Authored by Jean Jofen and published in 1964.
"Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers" Untold tales of men of Jewish descent who fought for the Third Reich
Authored by Bryan Mark Rigg
"Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition and Practice" Authored by Rabbi Wayne Dosick
"TheLone Survivor" Authored by Michael Diament - a diary of the Lokach, Ukraine ghetto published in New York and is available at the Holocaust Library Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Looking Back" Authored by Joseph Eisenbruch - a story of Joseph Eisenbruch, a native of Lvov, Holocaust survivor and one of the founders of the "Bricha" movement that brought Jews from Europe to Eretz Israel. He made Aliyah in the summer of 1945. For further information contact:
"Lost and Found" Authored by Sheldon Green. A Holocaust survivor discovers miracles of ordinary life in an American shtetl. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Lost in America: A Journey With My Father" Authored by Sherwin B. Nuland and published by Knopt. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Lower East Side Memories" Authored by Hasia R. Diner, Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, and published by Princeton University Press. $27.95 ISBN 0691095450 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Mamma Used to Say: Pearls of Wisdom from the
World of Yiddish" Authored by Rahel Rozmarin (Editor) Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Memoirs" David Ben Gurion's autobiography published in 1970, states that he was born David Gryn in Plonsk on October 16, 1886. He was the fourth child of Avigdor Gryn. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Memoirs of My People" Authored by Leo W. Schwarz and written in 1943 deals with how the Jews got from the Russian pale to Argentina with the help of baron Hirsch. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish" Authored by Payson R. Stevens and Charles M. Levine; Sol Steinmetz, ed. and published by Simon & Schuster Jewish Genealogy etc.
"The Mezuzah in the Madonna's Foot" Authored by Trudi Alex. The subtitle is "Marranos and Other Secret Jews" Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Migration From the Russian Empire" Authored by Ira Glazer is currently a six volume series identifying emigrants in the late 1800s - from January 1888 to May 1889. The next two volumes (5 & ^) were to be published in the Fall of 1998. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Miriam's Kitchen" By Elizabeth Erlich, published by Penguin Books, 1997 hardback and 0 14 02.6759 X paperback ISBN 0-670-86908-2
"Mitla Pass" Authored by Leon Uris. Jewish Genealogy etc.Offers a descriptions of the life in Jewish Shtetls of Eastern Europe in the outgoing 19th / beginning 20th Century in the book. descriptions of the life in Jewish Shtetls of Eastern Europe in the outgoing
19th / beginning 20th Century in the book.
"Modern English-Yiddish, Yiddish-English Dictionary" Authored by Uriel Weinreich
"Mosaic - A Chronicle of Five Generations" Authored by Diane Armstrong who is a member of the Australian Jewish Genealogy Society. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Mothers and Children:
Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe" Authored by Elisheva Baumgarten. This book presents a
synthetic history of the family--the most basic building block of
medieval Jewish communities--in Germany and northern France during
the High Middle Ages. Concentrating on the special roles of mothers
and children, it also advances recent efforts to write a comparative
Jewish-Christian social history
"Mottel The Cantor's Son" Authored by Shalom Aleichem. This is a story that describes, in detail, attempts of a Jewish clan to embark from several different European ports, including London and Antwerp. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Musicians of a Wandering Race" Includes a list of Jewish composers, violinists, conductors and singers. The book was copyrighted in 1927. Included are names of George Bizet, Paul Dukas, Gustav Mahler; Darius Mihaud; Jacques Offenbach; Maurice Ravel; Camille Saint-Saens; Oscar Straus (no relation to the Straus of Waltz fame); Otto Klemperer; Serge Koussevitzky; Pierre Monteux; Bruno Walter; Alma Gluck; Madam Ernestine Schumann-Heink and more. Further name information may possibly be obtained from Lou Fine
"My Bones Don't Rest in Auschwitz" Authored by Gitel Donath and published in Montreal by Kaplan Jewish Genealogy etc.
"My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy for Beginners" Authored by Rosemary Chorzempa
Authored by Rabbi Leib Ovtchinsky. A biographical rabbinical
dictionary published in Vilna in 1894
"Narrative of a Mission of
Inquiry to the Jews from the Church of
Scotland in 1839" Scanned for the Google Books project. The section on Austrian
Poland is on pages 427-480. There is also information on other
European areas,Egypt and the Holy Land. The
book can be viewed and/or downloaded at
"Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834
and 1835" Authored by Edward D. Luft Jewish Genealogy etc.
"The Nazi Officers Wife" Authored by Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin, is the story of how one Jewish woman survived the Holocaust. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Neighbors" A book by Polish émigré Jan Tomasz Gross, has helped blow the cover off decades of communist propaganda, and forced Poles into sober reassessment of their sell-image as victims -- and never collaborators -- in Nazi oppression. The book, "Neighbors," was based, in part, on witness accounts from Jewish survivors and non-Jewish townspeople. There were 1,600 Jedwabne Jews who were murdered and were burned to death. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Not Just Stories: The Chassidic Spirit through its
Classic Stories" Authored by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Only My Life" Authored by Louis de Wijze - a Dutch survivor - published by St. Martin's Press Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Organizing Crime - Essays in Opposition" By Alan A. Block. Format: Library Binding, 264pp. Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers, Jan. 1991. ISBN: 0792310330
"Our Gang: Jewish Crime and the NY Jewish Community,
1900-1940" Authored by Jenna Weissman Joselit Publisher - Books on Demand ISBN: 0783737149 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Out of This Furnace" By Thomas Bell (nee Belejchak) called one of the best accounts of the immigrant experience. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures
of a Man Who Rescued
A Million Yiddish Books" Authored by Aaron Lansky. The story of the man behind the
greatest cultural rescue effort in Jewish history recounts his quest
to save over a million Yiddish books.
"The Path of the Baal Shem Tov: Early Chasidic Teachings
Customs" Authored by Dovid Sears Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the West" Authored by Harriet Rochlin, this is a book that follows the author's family who received a land grant from the Spanish Conquistadors in the 1500s. After centuries of secrecy, she wrote this book. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"The Promised Land" Authored by Mary Antin who describes in vivid detail her childhood memories of her town and the trip she took in the 1890s to come to America as a child emigrant.
"Quarantine!: East European Jewish Immigrants and
the New York
Epidemics of 1892" Authored by Howard Markel Jewish Genealogy etc.
"The Rabbi King: David of Khazaria" A web page for a historical novel by Monroe S. Kuttner about the last Khagan (King) of a remnant of the Jewish Kingdom of Khazaria in the twelfth century.
"TheRebbe's Daughter: Memoir of a Hasidic Childhood" Authored by Malkah Shapiro and translated by Nehemia Polen. Published by Jewish Publication Society, 272 pages.
"Record and Remember: Tracing Your Roots Through
Oral History" Authored by Ellen Robinson Epstein, Jane Lewit Jewish Genealogy etc.
"The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and
Commentary" Authored by Norman Lamm (Editor) Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Rememberings: The World of a Russian Woman in
Century" Authored by Pauline Wengerof and translated by Henny Wenkart. Edited and with an after word by Bernard Dov Cooperman. Published by University Press of Maryland. The story of Pauline Wengerof who lived from 1833 to 1916 and is the earliest published record of Eastern European life written by a woman. She tells the story of her whole life, from assimilation and 'enlightenment' she experienced during her marriage, the abandonment of Jewish customs and the fact that three of her gifted children, as well as one of her brothers, converted. The book is available in both hardcover and paperback. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Rescued Images: Memories of a Child in Hiding" Authored by Ruth Jacobsen and published in New York by Mikaya Press Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Research in Court Records" - The Source. A
Guidebook of American
Genealogy" Revised edition Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area"
"Restitution: A Family's
Fight For Their Heritage Lost In The Holocaust"
Authored by Kath Kacer - a true story
"Restoration of Zion As A Response During The
(Em Habanim Semeha) Authored by Yissakhar Shlomo Teichthal (Pesach Schindler, ed.) published in Hoboken, New Jersey by KTAV in 2000. "While hiding in Budapest as a refugee from Slovakia, Yssakhar Teichthal, a Hasidic rabbi, wrote what is surely one of the classic religious works and expressions of spiritual resistance" of the Shoah." Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Routes to Routes" Published by the Roots to Roots Foundation, Inc.
"Russ & Daughters" Authored by Mark Russ Federman and published by Shocken Press. A story about a Lower East Side deli, called Russ & Daughters - a century old shrine consecrated to lox and bagels, herring, smoke salmon, caviar, chopped liver, and the rest. Today a fourth generation of Russes manages the business that their great-grandfather built from a pushcart in what was then a teeming Jewish ghetto.
"Russia's First Modern Jews: The Jews of Shklov"
Authored by David E. Fishman and published by New York University Press in 1995.
Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy" Authored by Jane Leavy and published by HarperCollins.
"The Scattered Tribe:
Traveling The Diaspora From Cuba to India To
Tahiti & Beyond"
Authored by Ben G. Frank is an odyssey to discover exotic Jewish
Communities - a road map of travel and adventure in Russia,
Siberia, Tahiti, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Cuba, Morocco,
Algeria and Israel
"Scroll of Agony: The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A. Kaplan" Published by Indiana Press
"Searching for Your Ancestors: The How and Why of
Genealogy" Authored by Gilbert H. Doane & James B. Bell Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Sefer Milchamot Elokim" The 1914 biography and collection of polemical writings of Rabbi Bernard Illowy (1814-1871). The English portions may be on line at Jewish-American History web site
"Sefer Yizkor Myikhov Charshnitsa un Kshoynzsh"
"TheSeven Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbes" Authored by Chaim Dalfin
"Shaking Your Family Tree: A Basic Guide to Tracing
Genealogy" Authored by Ralph Crandall Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Shaking Your Family Tree Workbook: A Basic Guide
to Tracing Your
Family's Genealogy" Authored by Maureen Elizabeth McHugh Jewish Genealogy etc.
The Sholom Aleichem Network Information about Solomon Rabinovitz who was born in Russia in 1859 and created many memorable characters is at
"Shalom Y'all: Images of Jewish Life in the American
South" Photographs by Bill Aron and text by Vicki Reikes Fox. Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 164 pages of black and white photos telling the story of the Jews living in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas.
"Shores of Refuge: A Hundred Years of Jewish
Emigration" Authored by Ronald Sanders
"The Shtetl Book" Authored by Diane K. Roskies and David G. Roskies and published by Ktav in 1975. It contains a lot of information pertaining to genealogy in Eastern Europe ISBN 0-87069 456-6 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Shtetl Finder" Authored by Chester G. Cohen helps to locate your ancestral shtetl.
"Sistine Chapel" A rabbi and a Vatican docent reveal the Jewish content Michelangelo secreted in his Sistine frescoes. Language English; ISBN-10: 1906217556; ISBN-13: 978-1906217556
"Some Archival Sources for Ukrainian Jewish Genealogy" Authored by Alexander Kronik.
"The Source" Authored by Loretto Dennis Szucs with Sandra Hargreaves Luebking and published by Ancestry in 1997 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories" Authored by David S. Zubatsky & Irwin M. Berent Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Sources in the United States and Canada" (The Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy, Vol 1) Authored by Miriam Weiner
"Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish,
Jewish Immigrants in the United States" Authored by Matthew Frye Jacobson Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Stalin Against the Jews" Authored by Arkady Vaksberg and Translated by Antonina W. Bouis
"Stalin's Secret Pogrom" Edited by Joshua Rubenstein and Vladimir P. Naumov. 527 pages $35.00 The story begins in March 1942 and ends with the deaths of the collapse of the Soviet system and the opening of the secret files of a brutal judicial system revealing a vast machinery of destruction, brutality and inhumanity. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Streets of Gold"
Authored by Sid Jacobson - a story of two brothers who emigrated
from a Russian shtetl to America
"Studies in Polish Jewry - Volume 8: Jews in Independent
1918-1939" Authored by Antony Polonsky and published in Washington, DC by The Littman library of Jewish Civilization in 1994. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Suddenly Jews: Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover their
Roots" Authored by Barbara Kessel is a book of interviews of 25 people who find they are suddenly Jewish.
"TheSynagogue" Edited by Uri Kaploun and published in Philadelphia by The Jewish Publication Society of America in 1973 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"There Once Was A World" Authored by Professor D. Yaffa Eliach at Brooklyn College about Jews of Lithuania. A 900 year chronicle of the Lithuanian shtetl of Eishyshok. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"They Became Americans" Authored by Loretto Dennis Szucs and published by Ancestry in 1998 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant
Ship" Authored by John Philip Colletta Jewish Genealogy etc.
"This Jewish Life: Stories of Discovery, Connection and
Joy The website of award-winning author Debra B. Darvick offers book excerpts, reviews, booking information and more. The 52 true-life stories in "This Jewish Life" encompass an entire year of holidays and life cycle events. Drawing from all paths and practices of Jewish life, Ms. Darvick's book is a gentle primer on Jewish ritual, a moving portrait of contemporary Judaism and, as reviewed by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, "
"Titanic's Predecessor: The S/S Norge Disaster of 1904 Authored by Norwegian writer Per Kristian Sabask and published by Seaward Publishing. The story of the sinking of the S.S. Norge off the Hebrides on June 28, 1904, killing 635 people - 10 years before the titanic's fateful voyage. Though there were survivors, the Norge disaster was the worst in the history of Russian Jewish emigration. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"To Our Children's Children" This book can help you better understand how to interview relatives who have knowledge of your family's history and contains a list of over 1,000 questions you should consider asking. The book's Table of Contents
"Tormented Master: The Life and Spiritual Quest of Rabbi
Bratslav" Authored by Arthur Green Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Tracing Survivors and Documenting Victims"of the
Holocaust Available through Avotaynupublication
"Tracing Your Ancestry: A Step-By-Step Guide to
Family History" Authored by F. Wilbur Helmbold Jewish Genealogy etc.
Your Roots: Locating Your Ancestors Through Landscape
and History" Authored by Meg Wheeler Jewish Genealogy etc.
"A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe"
Authored by Ben Frank and published by Pelican in 2001. A
guide to Jewish sites in twenty European countries. Reviews
Jewish history in each country and identifies and describes its
significant cultural and historical sites, including synagogues,
museums and kosher restaurants. Focuses primarily on large
cities or major Jewish communities and includes photographs and an
"Traveler's Guide to Jewish Landmarks of Europe" Authored by Bernard Postal and Samuel Abramson and published by Fleet Press in 1971. Identifies, locates and describes thousands of major and minor sites throughout Europe, including Jewish cemeteries and small memorials to Holocaust victims. Each country's section has an overview of its Jewish history up to 1971 and includes photographs and an index. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia & Ukraine" Authored by Ben G. Frank ISBN: 1565543556 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"A Treasury of Chassidic Tales on the Festivals: A
Inspirational Chassidic Stories Relevant to the
Festivals" Authored by Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin ASIN: 0899069010 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Tree of Life: A Trilogy of Life in the Lodz Ghetto. Book Two:
From the Depths I Call You, 1940-1942" Authored by Chava Rosenfarb published by The University of Wisconsin Press
"Tsava'at Harivash: Testament of Rabbi Israel Baal
Shem Tov" Authored by J. Immanuel Schochet Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Two Hundred Years of Records" Authored by Michael Neill . This article, while not discussing Jewish Genealogy, offers many helpful hints for preparing to use 'new' sources of genealogical data. The article can be found in the January 24, 2004 issue of Ancestry Daily News, Weekly Digest Version at Ancestry.Com
"TheUnbelievable Truth" Authored by Jeanne Ran Tcharnyi. There are a limited number of copies of this book which describes her growing up in Jonava, Lithuania and her life in the Vilnius ghetto, working for Nazi headquarters in Minsk posing as a non-Jew, spying for the partisans, and ending up in the Russian Gulag. The book was originally published in Russian and Lithuanian and now in English. Buying a copy benefits Jeanne personally as she lives on a very meager income. If still available, it can be purchased from
"TheUnbroken Chain" Authored by Dr. Neil Rosenstein is an excellent resource and can be found in many JGS and public libraries. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Unfinished People, Eastern European Jews Encounter
America" Authored by Ruth Gay and published by Norton in New York in 1996. It tells the story of about 3 million Jews that came to America from Eastern Europe between 1880 and WW I. The book is written in a very vivid and touching way, with lots of anecdotes about the daily life of the newcomers.
"Unofficial Guide™ to Online Genealogy" Authored by Pamela Rice Hahn - This opinionated guide can help. Published by Hungry Minds ISBN: 0-0286-3867-0 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Upon The Doorposts Of Thy House" Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today Authored by Ruth Ellen Gruber is a book of essays and more than 50 photographs. Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York in September, 1994. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater" Authored by Nahma Sandrow
"Voices in Your Blood: Discovering Identity Through
Family History" Authored by G. G. Vandagriff Jewish Genealogy etc.
Volterra Chronicles: The Life and Times Of An Extraordinary
Mathematician 1860-1940" Authored by Judith R. Goodstein, California Institute of
Technology, Pasadena, CA. Known as "Mr. Italian Science", he was
born into an Italian Jewish family. He defied Fascist rule and
was banished from Italy's scientific establishment.
"Wanderings World Jewry" Authored by Chaim Potok, relates to largest migrations from Spain to Poland after 1492 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Western Jewish History Center: Guide to Archival
and Oral History
Collections" A book by the Western Jewish History Center Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish
Destroyed in the Holocaust" Authored by Gary Mokotoff & Sallyanne Sack - a 'must have' 736 page gazetteer divided into four sections and contains more than 41,000 town names for 23,500 towns in Central and Eastern Europe where Jews lived before the Holocaust. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Where She Came From" Subtitled "A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History" Authored by Helen Epstein and published by Little, Brown and Company in 1997 Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Without Fate" An autobiographical account of the life and experiences in the Holocaust authored by Imre Kertesz - who recently won a Nobel prize for literature.
He also has written another book
"Kaddish for a Child Not Born" in which he condemned a world that permitted the Holocaust. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Who Wrote the Bible?" This book, authored by Richard Elliott Friedman and published in 1987 as a paperback, presents an encapsulation of modern scholarship on the Bible. It reads like a detective story as it unravels the history of the biblical text Jewish Genealogy etc.
"World of Our Fathers" The Journey of the East
European Jews to
the Life They Found
and Made" Authored by Irving Howe Jewish Genealogy etc.
"World War II Day by Day" A 728 page documentary on the 2,175 days of WW II including hundreds of photos and maps and covering the military and diplomatic developments, as well as doings in films, art and literature. $50. Jewish Genealogy etc.
"The World Was Never the Same:
Events That Changed History" Great Courses offers a course on how history is made and
defined by landmark moments.
"Would God It Were Night: The Ordeal of a Jewish Boy
from Cracow Through Auschwitz, Mauthausen and
Gusen" Authored by Zvi Barlev-Bleicher
Jewish Genealogy etc.
Yad Vashem JewishGen Mall Store carries over 40 Yad Vashem titles - some in English - some in Hebrew - and even one in Spanish. These include the 15 volumes of Pinkas Hakehillot (Books of Remembrance) as well as four volumes currently available of the projected 18 volume series "Comprehensive History of the Holocaust" (Toldot Ha'Shoah) all in Hebrew. The three-volume 'Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust' in English, 'Documents on the Holocaust: Selected Sources on the Destruction of the Jews of Germany and Austria, Poland and the Soviet Union'. A hardcover edition is available in Spanish.
"Yiddishland" Authored by Gerard Silvain and Henri Minczeles is a book of Mr. Silvain's collection of postcards "that brings to life the immutable rhythm of the shtetl with its busy streets and markets, professional marriages brokers, inerrant water carriers, bright-eyed yeshiva students, porters, politicians and celebrated intellectuals." Published by Gingko Press, Inc. 5768 Paradise Dr. Ste. J, Corte Madera, CA 94925 E-mail
"The Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe" Edited by Gershon David Hundert in 2 volumes and published by Yale University Press. 2,448 pages relating to today's Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, the BAltic States and Finland, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Offers 1,800 entries, over 1,000 illustrations and 55 maps.
"The Zaddik: The Doctrine of the Zaddik According to
the Writings of
Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoy" Authored by Samuel H. Dresner Jewish Genealogy etc.
"Zimmerman's Teffilin" A tapestry of interwoven stories - authored by Ronald Pies, MD.
"Zionism and Technocracy: The Engineering of Jewish
in Palestine, 1870 1918" Authored by Derek J. Penslar
Book and Photo Resources
If you are interested in publishing your own book, there are a number of book publishers who are known as vanity publishing and include Xlibris. They will publish as many or as few copies you choose, and you only pay for the number of copies you actually create. The book is stored in digital format, which allows you to create and recreate as many books as you wish at any time.
Association of Jewish
Book Publishers The Association was founded in 1962 and is a non-profit
organization which promotes the sale and use of Jewish books through
educational programs and activities such as exhibits, discussions,
cooperative promotion and the interchange of information among
association of Jewish Book Publishers
Jewish Lights Publishing
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Woodstock, VT 05091
Snail mail to PO Box 99, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 or 1 800 286 8296.
In Israel: Lexicom Ltd. PO Box 10053, 91 100 Jerusalem Phone
(02) 679 7730. Also available are postcards from the turn of
the century of some 100 towns. A list can be obtained
BibliophileOnline Used & rare book service - fine press volumes, rare editions, old books, new books, maps, autographs, manuscripts - you'll find them all here
CDs How can comedy relate to genealogy? Many of us are related, in some way to the comedians, actors, actresses, etc. of yesterday and I have found a site that publishes some of the old timer's routines and shows. Take a look at this site as I found it very interesting
Specializes in publishing genealogical and historical manuscripts, particularly transcripts of original church records, tax lists, court records, town vital records, town vital records, tombstones inscriptions and early military records from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
The National Yiddish Book Center publishes monthly guides for Jewish books. The Amherst, Massachusetts's museums free guides will feature a different literary work each month and provide essays, study questions and interviews with the author. Materials are available at
An exporter of all books and periodicals published in Israel. They have published more than 1,500 books, and are distributors of books and periodicals for several academic and governmental institutions. They also distribute the publications of Yad Vashem - the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority and the maps and guides of Carta's - the Israel Map and Publishing Company.
This huge, annual world's largest outdoor used-book sale fills three large tents and benefit's the university's library. The North Shore Chapter of the Brandeis University National Women's Committee sponsors the sale.
Software resellers offers a Video Series and DVD set 'Heritage - Civilization and the Jews' - a nine hour series of the history of the world with emphasis on the role and impact of the Jewish people.
Scholarly, O.P & Antiquarian Books Bought and sold: Zubal Auction Co. is a licensed auction house specializing in the sale of books, periodicals, documents, etc. at Public Auction. 2969 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113 Fax: 216 241 6966
Between 1890 and 1940, as many as a dozen Yiddish theater companies performed on the Lower East Side, the Bronx and Brooklyn. Another 200 plus traveled to other cities and towns in North and South America from Montreal to Buenos Aires. Yiddish theater provided Yiddish speaking immigrants with laughs and crying at the losses and contradictions in their own lives. A more comprehensive discussion about Yiddish Theater can be found in the
American Jewish Historical Society's Newsletter Fall/Winter 2003 edition.
A historic account of Athens during WW II which uses footage of amateur filmmaker and Greek Naval Officer, Angelos Papanasstassiou presented at the Nuremberg Trials as evidence of Nazi war atrocities. Information available at
The Aryan Couple
Martin Landau stars as a Hungarian Jewish steel magnate and art collector who signs over all his possessions to Nazi Himmler in 1944 in exchange for his life and that of his extended family. The movie is based on an actual case.
The story of the 2,000 Jewish refugees who were packed aboard the ship Atlantic and drifted for three months in a desperate attempt to reach Palestine. They received a brutal reception from the British Navy who locked them in shackles.
This film is the result of 50 years of investigation by filmmaker Charles Guggenheim into finding out the truth about his Jewish fiend who disappeared while fighting in Germany during WW II. More information available at
Leah Finkelshteyn wrote in the
October/November issue of Hadassah Magazine "The words "YiddishTheater" may bring to mind New York's Second Avenue,
yet London had a Yiddish theatrical tradition just as vibrant
and as important to its immigrant community."
A film of
Captain Nandor Andrsovits, set on the Queen Elisabeth, one of two vessels hired for the 1939 exodus of 900 Jews from Budapest to Vienna. Information available at
This film followed three generations of women in the family as they prepared gefilte fish. The grandmother made it from scratch and the granddaughter opened a jar. The intent of the film is to encourage a wide range of discussion on topics ranging from assimilation, dedicating time to family and tradition, family connections, etc.
"Ghetto" Fish Market in 1903 video
The view was photographed from an elevated camera position looking down on a very crowded New York City street market. Rows of pushcarts and street vendors' vehicles can be seen
Harvard Film Library
The majority of the Harvard Film Archive’s (HFA)
records, representing more than 23,000 films and videotapes, are now
Previously, only 4,000 records were available through HOLLIS, about
15 percent of the HFA’s holdings, and the remaining records were
searchable only by HFA staff using an HFA internal database.
"The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians
Authored by Lawrence J. Epstein and published by Public Affairs
"Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 WW II Refugees
They Came to America"
Authored by Ruth Gruber is a moving true story of the author. It is being shown on PBS.
Nazi progeny address their legacy, guilt in a
riveting documentary. You can read the story about this
documentary which was authored by Michael Fox in the San Diego
Jewish Journal Magazine of Shevat-Adar 5773
Considered the birthplace of the Yiddish theater. A rustic Jewish tavern stood in the city center, facing Iasi's state theater, and in the late nineteenth century, the city's population was over a third Jewish. Today there are only a few hundred Jews. The first Yiddish folk plays were Purimshpiels (Jesters).
"Into The Arms Of Strangers"
A Warner Bros. documentary dealing with stories of the Kindertransport and was directed by Mark Harris and inspired by producer Deborah Oppenheimer's journey of discovery about her late mother's past. A review is available at
See also "One Thousand Children, Inc." (OTC) that documents the experiences of people who came to the U.S. as children between 1934 and 1945 to escape persecution and genocide and stayed with foster families and in other facilities across America at
The Holocaust was the inevitable result of the
culmination of 19 centuries of Anti-Semitism. What began as a hatred
of a religion became a new type of hatred never seen before–imputing
a cosmic evil to all Jews, whether living, or dead. The
Holocaust collection traces both the victims and the perpetrators in
history’s most demonic epoch. For a limited time, we're including
two bonus DVDs — WHAT FIRE CAN'T BURN, a tale of a
childhood lost to Theresienstadt, and BETWEEN BERLIN
AND JERUSALEM, an interpretation of present-day attitudes to
Jews and Israel in post-Holocaust Germany. For orders and previews,
call 800-832-0980, 732-462-3522; Fax 732-294-0330; e-mail
email@example.com; or write to
ALDEN FILMS, P.O. Box 449, Clarksburg, NJ 08510
TheSan Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Launched a project to put hundreds of Jewish movies on-line. Besides offers films, the site offers other streaming media, educational materials, social networking resources and a forum for new Jewish stories and films created specifically for emerging media platforms. The web site will include the Jewish Heritage Video Collection, which consists of hundreds of videos and educational resources that explore Jewish history and culture through film.
Silent Era Films
Silent Era is
your Internet home for the most enduring movies of the early
twentieth century. There are detailed and comprehensive
filmographies of directors, actors and producers. You'll be able to
search through information about lost films as well. There are links
to help you find reels or buy the films on DVD. Check out the
articles for interesting perspectives on this remarkable period in
A musical relating to the life of immigrants on the Lower East Side around 1910 and authored by Writer-Producer Jay Kholos - shown at the Mazer Theater in New York
"They Came For Good: A History of the Jews in the
A film that traces the first 200 plus years of Jewish life in the New World from 1654 -- when 23 Brazilian Jewish refugees landed in Dutch New Amsterdam in what is present day New York -- to 1880, the beginning of the massive Eastern European Jewish immigration.
The New Amsterdam Lord Mayor, Peter Stuyvesant initially refused those pioneering Jews -- whom he called a "deceitful race" that wanted "to infect" the colony -- permission to remain on the land until his superiors in Holland overruled him.
Even then, Jews had to care for their own sick and needy and were not a first allowed to own property. The documentary's producer and director is Amram Nowak.
(Boris and Bessie)
In 1891, 12 year old Boris Thomasefsky arrived in New York City from this shtetl. He had a beautiful voice and on Saturdays, young Boris earned money by singing at the Henry Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side. During the week he worked as a cigarette maker in a sweatshop where he heard his fellow workers sings songs from the Yiddish theater they had attended in the "old country". At age 13 he became producer and director of a traveling company presenting a wide repertoire of Yiddish plays. He and his wife Bessie became the most famous Yiddish theater impresarios.
Intimate interviews with Holocaust survivors, archival footage, film excepts and current chronicles that give a glimpse of life and loves in the midst of the Holocaust.
"A World History of Yiddish Theater"
Authored by Nahma Sandrow and reissued by Syracuse University Press
One of the best ways the Internet can be of assistance, is directing you to the nearest library most likely to have the resources you need. For example, the NY Public Library keeps old phone books from almost every country in the world. They are stored at their main location, but it would be best to telephone the library to find out where to go to access their collection.
Here are some sites that provide directories of libraries with genealogy related holdings.
TheUniversity of California library system is the
second largest in the country - only the Library of Congress is
Allen Country Public Library
Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Library holds the largest public library collection of genealogical materials in the world. Its Family Histories collection includes more than 38,000 volumes of compiled genealogies on American and European families, almost 5,000 genealogies on microfiche, and numerous family newsletters plus Census records and military records.
Requests will be charged on a new sliding scale for death certificates. According to the new amendment, genealogical record search requests and non-certified birth/death records request "will be charged $2 for each non-certified copy as well as a blanket request fee of $20 for up to five searches, $35 for 6-10 searches and $50 for more than 10 name
searches. The search fee is non-refundable and must be paid prior to the start of the search for the requested records."
In a pilot project that aims to digitize the
University’s catalog of over a thousand theses and dissertations,
the Kellogg Library is joining ranks with other major universities
nationwide, including Virginia Tech and the University of Florida,
to not only digitize their collections but require that all future
manuscripts be submitted in an electronic-only format
A brief note on solving the Inter-Library loans is reviewed in the archives of JewishGen dated Nov. 12, 1999
Jewish National and
About 1100 volumes have been digitized with
the generous support of the Dorot Foundation. Additional works are
added weekly. Selection will be based on considerations of demand,
works in the public domain will be considered. The JNUL catalog
record for each such work contains a link to the digitized version.
The initial selection of titles ranges from 15th century incunabula
to early 20th century works
Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva
are not only open during the day, but into the evening, as well. Both Libraries have an excellent Yizkor Book collection
The ultimate source of authentic and reliable information about the Library resources of the world on the net. The links in this directory will guide you to the official sites of the libraries that you are looking for.
The ProQuest® online information service provides access to thousands of current periodicals and newspapers, many updated daily and containing full-text articles from 1986 and is a service offered only to libraries
Added to their library are the following Jewish newspapers:
Jewish Advocate (Boston)
The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger
The Jewish Exponent
The Jerusalem Post
Public Libraries in the US
Through AGLL as well as The National Archives or The Family History Centerscan join AGLL for free. This membership will allow you to rent a film, from your local public library, for $3.25 plus shipping for one month and you can extend the rental by having your librarian call AGLL (800 658 7755) and extend it for further month to month at this same rate. You can also purchase the film for $17.95 plus shipping.
A treasure trove of rare Hebraica assembled over centuries by the Jewish community in Copenhagen can now be found here. The collection includes more than 2,000 works printed in over 115 locations dating as far back as 1517.
Like the Jews of Denmark, the library was saved from Nazi destruction. The story about his library is that it was hidden in church crypts and returned, intact, to the Jewish community after Denmark's liberation. It was later purchased by a private party who in turn, sold it to the University. The rare books collection includes Bible and Talmud texts and commentaries, liturgy, rabbinical responsa, treatises on Halacha, scientific works written in Hebrew, kabala and even poetry.
CDs How can comedy relate to genealogy? Many of us are related, in some way to the comedians, actors, actresses, etc. of yesterday and I have found a site that publishes some of the old timer's routines and shows. Take a look at this site as I found it very interesting
Classical Jewish Music If you are interested in Yiddish / Israeli / Ladino / Cantorial / Jewish Theatre and similar music and culture, there is a site with about 5,000 historical and modern recordings, including some old 78 rpm's. It's a real treasure, sorted by artist, label, title, genre, etc.
The first singing of "God Bless America "
Irving Berlin wrote this song in 1917 for use
during WWI. The link below takes you to a video
showing the first public singing of “GOD BLESS
Before you watch, here's some background on the
song. It was 1940. America was still in a
terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over
Europe and Americans were afraid we
were going to war. It was a time of hardship and
worry for most Americans. This was the era
just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and
American families sat around their radios in the
evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers.
And the biggest entertainer of that era was Kate
Smith. Smith was also large in size, and the popular
phrase still used today is in deference to her, “It
Ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” Kate Smith,
with her voice coming over the radio, was the
biggest star of her time.
Smith was also very patriotic. It hurt her to see
Americans depressed and afraid of what the next
day would bring. She had hope for America,
and faith in her fellow citizens. She wanted to do
something to cheer them, so she went to famed
American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also
wrote, “White Christmas”) and asked him to write
a song that would make Americans feel good
about their country again. He went to his files and
found a song that he had written, but never
published, 22 years before, in 1917. He gave it to
Smith and she and Berlin agreed that any profits
from “God Bless America" would go to the Boy
Scouts of America. Over the years, the Scouts have
received millions of dollars in royalties from this
This video starts out
with Kate Smith in the radio studio with the
orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new
song for the very first time. After the first couple
verses, with her voice in the background still
singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, “You’re
In The Army Now.” At the 4:20 mark of the video
you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an
office, reading a paper; It’s Ronald Reagan.
To this day, “God Bless America” stirs our
patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in
1940, When Smith went looking for a song to raise
the spirits of her fellow Americans, it's
doubtful that she realized how successful the
results would be during those years of hardship and
worry, and for many generations of Americans
to follow. Now that you know the story of the song,
enjoy it and treasure it even more.
Klezmer Music Klezmer is a Yiddish word that combines two Hebrew words: kle, which means vessel or instrument, and zemer, which means song. Early on, klezmer denoted a professional eastern European Jewish dance musician.
Today it also considers any musician who identifies themselves with that same tradition. Klezmer ensembles typically feature the clarinet, whose breadth ranges from melancholy to flirtatious and pure unadulterated joy; the violin that both mimics the clarinet and adds its own interpretation of the emotion; and the accordion that provides a steady rhythm yet distinct rendering of the melody. Want to hear some Klezmer?
What would 'being Jewish' be like without music ... and without Klezmer music? One source of information about klezmorim is Henry Sapoznik who has written two often cited books whose titles are "Klezmer! From Old World to Ours". "The Complete Klezmer".
A film documentarian, Yale Strom, is writing a book on Klezmorim and he also plays in a Klezmer band. His E-mail address is
This is a list of just about every
Yiddish song you can think of; by
the artists who made these songs
famous. Click on anyone to hear the
Jewish Nursery Rhymes
"Lullabies From The Garden of Eden"
New York Philharmonic
The orchestra has released
520,000 pages of instrumental music parts. It's already posted
over 1,300 orchestral scores online. Later, it will release
concert programs, correspondence, business records and annual
reports dating back to 1842. The Philharmonic launched the
digital archive in 2011 with 300,000 pages from the Leonard
Bernstein years, from 1943 to 1970. It's a multi-year
undertaking that will total 8 million pages
NPR celebrates the 'golden age' of Yiddish radio in the 1930s to 1950s with the Yiddish Radio Project. Here you will find such gems as "The Greedy Mother," a radio drama by Nahum Stutchkoff and 'Joe and Paul'.
Boca Raton's Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library's Judaica Department has an extensive project which involves the preservation of Yiddish music collections, donated by both individuals and organizations. Nat Tinanoff, a member of the JGS Palm Beach County, Inc., is heading the volunteer project.
Tip: to find the newspaper of most towns, do a 'search' using one of the many search engine choices available at both the 'Genealogy' page and my 'Searching' page. Some newspapers charge a dollar or two to access full text of an article, sometimes though, they will offer a discount for multiple searches. Some newspaper Archives offer additional links to other research services. If you can't find what you are looking for, or the newspaper doesn't have the search capabilities, search and contact the local library of the cit. Many libraries have links on their web sites to on-line reference help.
Newspapers play an important role in recording history and as a source for genealogy. These are some on-line projects, on both the state and city levels:
Archive Newspaper Publisher
Paper of Record, a commercial site that works with newspapers and media companies to build and e-publish newspaper archives that are currently stored on microfilm - over 8,094,873 pages are digitized
Ben Gurion University, Center of German Studies, Jerusalem
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Virtual Jerusalem, World Jewish Congress
East German Property Claims
Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
Holocaust Studies Center
Shoah Visual History Foundation, Los Angeles
Established Jewish single site
Published quarterly for Jewish genealogists. 155 N. Washington Ave., Bergenfield, NJ. Paid subscription magazine.
Their web site has made available for use in Jewish genealogical research on the web, the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index- information about more than 230,000 Jewishsurnames in more than 28 different databases.
British Newspaper Library Catalogue
Offers over 50,000 newspaper and periodical title holdings in Colindale. The catalogue includes all UK national daily and Sunday newspapers from 1810 to the present; most UK and Irish provincial newspapers, some from the early 18th century upwards; selected newspapers from around the world in western and Slavonic languages dating from the 17th century upwards, including extensive holdings from Commonwealth countries and many other nations, and a wide range of UK and Irish popular periodicals coverall subjects from fashion, pop music, and cinema, to sports, hobbies and trades. for further information or for the site itself
The Godfrey Library in CT. has added Early American Newspapers to their Godfrey Scholar Online Portal. These original 17th, 18th and 19th Century newspapers are ideal for genealogists and are only owned by a small group of libraries. Now they are available online. The First Series contains 141 newspapers, and they are every word searchable. Find articles, obituaries, marriage announcements and more.
At this site, you will also find a list of other Jewish news sources. The Daily Forward a Yiddish newspaper was founded in 1897 and had a circulation of over 250,000.
Past issues of this all Jewish newspaper can be viewed at The New York Public Library on Fifth Ave. and 42nd Street in New York. The YIVO Institute may also holds a collection of pre-war issues.
Front Pages (current) ofNewspapers Around The World)
The first weekly Hebrew newspaper ("The Preacher") appearing from 1856 to 1903. Jeff Marx Rabjamarx@aol.comhas information on this subject. Jeff indicated that he expects to have a full index to shtetl names which appear in the donor lists of HaMagid for all issues between 1856 and 1900 soon(?). Microfilms of HaMagid are found at the following repositories:
Brown University; Columbia University; Cornell University; Harvard university; Hebrew College, Boston; Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati and Los Angeles; Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem; Jewish Theological Seminary, New Your; Library of Congress; New York Public Library; Northwestern university, Chicago; Stanford university; University of Ann Arbor; University of California, Berkeley; Washington University, St Louis; Yale University
A Jewish newspaper published until 1904 in the Pale of Settlement. From the perspective of a genealogical research, the donation lists printed in the paper could be useful. It is available on microfilm at several libraries throughout the world.
A list of Jewish print publications devoted to reporting of Jewish News, not only in the US, but other countries, as well. Many have archives as well as birth, marriage and obituary information.
The English Jewish newspaper, The Jewish Telegraph, offers a totally-free Roots Directory for people trying to locate lost family. To post a request email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
Jewish Telegraph 11 Park Hill
Bury Old Road
Prestwich, Manchester, England M25 0HH. Include a full postal address.
UCLA in Los Angeles, has a large
collection of Jewish newspapers from other countries.
Included are the Russian-Jewish newspaper Ha melitz (microfilm
PJ 5120 A1M486) and Ha-Magid (*P 4001 M25);
Ha-Olam, published in Koln from 1907-1938 (*PJ5001 041);
and many others.
Click on the county where the paper was published. Not all papers are included in the collection, but you may also be able to find out who may have the exact records you are looking for.
'Index to the New York Times Index' which includes such things as death notices. Surely if a library has the Index, they would probably have the Index to the Index. It is a great resource for NYC people and those who might have done something of national interest
Here is an enormous directory of newspaper web sites from around the world -- more than 5,300 in all. The site includes search tools that let you find newspapers by country, U.S. state, language and other criteria
Paper of Record
A commercial site that works with newspapers and media companies to build and e-publish newspaper archives that are currently stored on microfilm - over 8,094,873 pages are digitized
The ultimate source of authentic and reliable information about the publications of the world on the net. The links in this directory will guide you to the official sites of the publications you are looking for.
Reading the 15 issues from the summer of 1977 through the final
issue in 1982, will enlighten the reader especially the one's that
included the list of more than one thousand towns in Poland,
Hungary and Germany whose Jewish birth, marriage and
death records, going back to the 1700s, were found in the collection
of the Genealogical Society of Utah. There is more information
in an article published by Avotaynu and written by Arthur Kurzwell -
U.S. and world
The U.S. and world
newspapers onFindmypast.combroaden the
scope of their collection to countries such as Denmark, France
and even South Africa,”. “This gives users an
amazing opportunity to explore the events their ancestors lived
through. From Dick Eastman's Genealogy Blog
In the U.S., Arcadia Publishing has published a large number of books about towns both big and small throughout the U.S. Some are:The Jewish Community of Savannah, JewishChicago: A Pictorial History, JewishDetroit, The Jewish Community of North Minneapolis,Jewish Pioneers of St. Paul 1849-1874, Lost Jewish Community of theWest Side Flats: 1882-1962,Jewish Life in Omaha and Lincoln, A Photographic History, The Jewish Community around North Broad Street (Philadelphia),Jewish Community of West Philadelphia, The Jewish Community of South Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion Jewish Community.
A program for planning and coordinating high school, college, family reunions - you can download working demos for free
The Library of Congress has a great collection oftelephone books, including telephone books and reverse directories for nearly every place in the US, both current and back several decades.
They also have Israeli telephone books, both new and old in both Englishand Hebrew.There is no access via the Internet at this time, but you may find some of the phone books in larger city Public Libraries.
The NY Public Library keeps old phone books from almost every country in the world. They are stored at their main location, but it would be best to telephone the library to find out where to go to access their collection.
On-line Telephone Books The following sites make it possible to find telephone numbers from around the world.
Central is a blog to start your day with news of the Jewish world
that's likely to produce a knowing smile and some Yiddishe nachas.
It's also a collection of sources of Jewish humor--anything that
brings a grin, chuckle, laugh, guffaw, or just a warm feeling to
readers. Our posts include jokes, satire, books, music, films,
videos, food, Unbelievable But True, and In the News. Some are new,
and some are classics. We post every morning, Sunday through Friday.
You can obtain a trial copy of the April/May, 2000 issue with articles "The 1918 Influenza Pandemic that Killed More People than WW I".
Jewish Web/Net Week
Serves as a central link to 613 other Jewish sites - the same as the number of mitzvoth, or commandments, required of observant Jews. The links are quite diverse and range from Chasidim to the Reform movement; from sites for Orthodox yeshivas in Israel to one for Washington, D.C.'s gay and lesbian synagogue; from a site by and for African-American Jews to one providing shopping for gifts from Israel.
Jewish World Review
This site may not offer a great deal of genealogy information today, but it is of possible interest, so it is being included in my review of Jewish sites
Yizkor books are memorial books that were written after the Shoah by survivors, in remembrance of what was once their own Jewish shtetls. Each offers an insight into the former typical Jewish life and usually includes the local celebrities, the community achievements and the names of the various Jewish institutions. Many of the Yizkor books are available in Yiddish or Hebrew only and in quite limited numbers and many of these books are getting old and worn and not very well preserved.
Many times, these books detail the deeds of the martyrs and heroes who fought against the Nazis. In many cases, the Yizkor books are often the sole remaining testimony of the presence of Jews in the shtetls of Europe. You will also find reference to Yizkor Bookswithin the country web site i.e.Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, etc. Yad Vashem will copy most Yizkor Books in their possession for a fee.
Dena Abrams wrote: "Yizkor books were written after the Holocaust as memorials to Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust. They were usually put together by survivors from those communities and contain descriptions and histories of the shtetl, biographies of prominent people, lists of people who perished, etc. They are often embellished with photos, maps, and other memorabilia. Yizkor books are valuable to genealogists, since the books may include biographies or photographs of relatives, or may include family members in a list of people who perished. Yizkor books also give important background information about the history and Jewish life in a particular shtetl. The Yizkor Project Home page is
There's another way to view the Yizkor books that are on the New York Public Library website. Steve Morse has a one-step webpage that let's you go directly to any page in the book. From the NYPL site you need to step through by 1, 10, or 50 pages at a time, but you can't go directly to a specific page. Steve's viewer is in the Holocaust Section of his one-step website at
Where known, I have indicated that a Yizkor Book exists within the lines of information about the town or shtetl. Yizkor Books The DOROT Jewish Division of the New York Public Library has begun posting digital copies of Yizkor books on their web site. They have promised to make all Yizkor books available in this format, in conjunction with reprints-on-demand becoming available from the National Yiddish Book Center. This is a great development for researchers and makes these books, previously available only at select research libraries, available whenever you want to review them. The quality appears to be good and a web browser plug-in is made available for enlarging pages with pictures or drawings.
There are at least 19 Yizkor books available for reading on-line. They are: Augustow, Bisk, Bolechow, Bolekhiv, Borshchiv, Borszczow, Breziv, Brzozow, Busk, Ciechanow, Kikol, Lipno, Losice, Lubicz, Niasvizh, Nieswiez, Skepe, Tshekhanov, YagistovFrom a posting by Andrew Blumberg on JewishGen
Note: you will also find whether there is a specific Yizkor Book for a shtetl at the web page that offers information about the shtetl i.e. Talnoye, Ukraine would be found on the Ukraine City and Town page.
This database contains 1313 contact entries include identification of the 77 chapters from 62 Yizkor books that are translated in the 2nd edition of "From a Ruined Garden" authored by Zachary Baker, former YIVO head.
Translations are available for several towns in each of these countries: Austria, Belarus, Bukovina (Region), Romania/Ukraine, Poland, Ukraine, Germany (Country), Rheinpfalz (Region) Germany, Moldova, Lithuania (Country), Hungary, Galicia Region, Latvia. Yizkor Books are listed, where known, in each Country's Web Page on my web site.
Open the site and go to the database section, insert the name of the shtetl you are interested in and you will get a bibliographical details about the book, if it is currently available. http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/
Much has been written about the subject of genealogy and much more is "waiting to happen". This web page contains books, newspapers, films, magazines and library information pertaining to the history of Jewish Genealogy. I have tried to make all of the information available, though you may have to write directly to the publisher, or visit a loan library to read the actual book or periodical.
You can also click on any of the noted web sites which will help you determine the availability and lowest pricing structure for specific books. Some of these books are sold through affiliate programs and a commission for the sale is paid to the webmaster which helps maintain this site.
There is no extra cost to you. These items can be ordered right over the internet and will be sent directly to you. This is a win-win situation. Just click on the Amazon.com logo below ... you have nothing to lose and so much to gain! Now you can find books, CDs and other materials relating to your research easier by just
If you are looking for a rare or out-of-print book, try any of the sources listed below for assistance. Often, asking your local library may be helpful. It is possible that either a main or University library, or some other source can supply a book on loan, rather than having to buy a book, file or microfilm. Check also with the Family History Center Library and your local Jewish Genealogy Society's libraries. Some have very extensive holdings.
The books listed below, are for the most part, general informational books. Books covering specific countries may also be listed under the specific country.
Anna Olswanger, a literary agent in New York City, offers an independent and free web source for information on authors of Jewish themed books worldwide. The site is searchable by name, location and genre and each listing includes the author's city, book titles, lecture topics, areas of travel and contact information. Also available are links to author interviews and podcasts.
Where you see
'Buy From Amazon.com'
you can just click on that phrase or icon and you will be instantly taken to a site where you will find more information about the book and the author, as well as the cost and estimated delivery schedule
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