Apr. 23, 2019

Passover - Yizkor Books

The Yizkor Prayer is said the last day of Passover. This is the prayer for those who have died, our mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and other relatives, friends, martyrs, soldiers, etc. The word Yizkor means to remember. Remember those who have passed and brought us to where we are today.

What are yizkor books?

Yizkor (memorial) books document the history of Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust. Most often privately published and compiled through the collective efforts of former community residents, they describe daily life through essays and photographs and memorialize murdered residents. Most are in Hebrew and/or Yiddish, although more English translations are being published now, especially through JewishGen, in online and print format.


The New York Public Library has a collection of yizkor books.