Yizkor Books

Memorial Volumes Commemorating Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust

From the Collections of The New York Public Library and the Yiddish Book Center

Yizkor (memorial) books are a crucial source for research in East European Jewish history, Holocaust studies, and Jewish genealogy. Written in Yiddish or Hebrew or both, most titles include extensive documentation of Jewish life before the War, followed by vivid, first-hand accounts of the Holocaust and its aftermath. Visually, most of the books are extremely rich, featuring detailed maps, photographs and illustrations. Many titles include necrologies – lists of those who died – which make these books especially valuable for genealogical research.

Most yizkor books were printed by small associations and committees of survivors, primarily for their own use. As a result, print runs were small, and copies have been extremely hard to find. This reprint project marks the first time they are systematically available from a single source.

High-Quality, Clothbound Editions

Our reprints are complete, unabridged, clothbound facsimile editions, featuring sharp black text on white, acid-free paper. They are generally more readable than the originals, since contrast is higher and most extraneous dots, smudges and other irregularities have been electronically removed. Our clothbound books meet ANSI standards for library use.


$72 each, regardless of the size or scarcity of the original. (The cost is $54 for current members of the Yiddish Book Center; membership is not available to libraries or other institutions.)

To Order

Click on the alphabetical lists above (or under the Yizkor books tab) to locate the titles you are interested in. Then click on "BUY NOW" to send an email to our orders desk. We will reply with full information about ordering.

Shipping Charges

Shipping charges will be adjusted to current rates.

Shipping Times And Methods

Digital reprints are printed on demand and will generally ship in three weeks or less. Large orders may take longer.

Domestic orders (U.S. and Canada) will be shipped via the ground service of UPS or the U.S. Postal Service. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

International orders will be shipped surface rate via the U.S. Postal Service. Please allow 4-8 weeks for delivery of international orders.

For additional information

Please phone our Yiddish Book Department at (413) 256-4900 x196, or contact us by e-mail at orders@bikher.org.

For digital copies

For digitized scans visit the Yizkor book collection on the New York Public Library's website http://yizkor.nypl.org/.

For Yizkor books in English Translation

If you are looking for an English translation of a yizkor book, JewishGen.org  may have one available. A list of completed translations currently available for purchase can be found at jewishgen.org/Yizkor/ybip.html. Translations in progress can be found at jewishgen.org/yizkor.

Major funding for the Yizkor Book Project was provided by:

Harry and Lillian Freedman Fund
David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation
David and Barbara Margulies
The Nash Family Foundation
Harris Rosen
David and Sylvia Steiner
Ruth Taubman