to Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust :
a bibliography of British Library holdings. by
Ilana Tahan; introduction by Sir Martin Gilbert.
London: The British Library, 2004 (ISBN 0712348204)
This important bibliography, which has taken several
years to complete, provides entries to nearly 300 memorial
volumes held in the British Library's Hebrew collection.
This is the very first bibliography of Yizkor books to
be published in the UK.
Memorial volumes to Eastern European Jewish communities-
Yizkor books - were written in the post- WWII period by
fraternal societies of Jewish immigrants and Holocaust
survivors originating from the same locality.
Their chief mission is to record, remember and commemorate
Jewish towns and their inhabitants who were annihilated
during the Holocaust. Each memorial book listed in the
bibliography has been thoroughly examined prior to entries
being created.The main entries are arranged alphabetically
by place name and comprise important bibliographic data
about individual volumes.
The titles of the Yizkor books which were published in
Hebrew and/or Yiddish, have been provided in both Hebrew
characters and in romanized form.
The bibliography is complemented by 4 appendixes and
4 indexes from various angles of approach, thus offering
the user additional valuable information on the books
The Towns and villages Index for instance, lists Jewish
localities which were much too small to warrant a memorial
book of their own, but which nevertheless were briefly
mentioned or described in specific Yizkor books. This
vital information which would have been lost otherwise,
has thus been archived by creating cross-references to
main entries in the bibliography.
The bibliography comprises a series of photographs, including
some poignant portraits of individuals that have perished
in the Holocaust.
This publication has been generously funded by various
organisations which the author has fully acknowledged
in the book. One of the sponsors was Mr Naim Dangoor.
It is hoped that the bibliography will serve as a useful
aid to researchers of the Holocaust and those interested
in genealogical research.
About the author:
Ilana Tahan, M.Phil. has been educated at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem, Israel, and at the Aston University
in Birmingham, England where she was awarded a Master
of Philosophy degree. She is also a professional librarian
and has been a member of the Library Association of Great
Britain (re-named CILIP) for almost twenty years.
Since 1989, Ilana Tahan has been Hebraica Curator at
the British Library where she is responsible for a remarkable
collection comprising over 3000 Hebrew manuscripts, 10,000
Genizah fragments and around 80,000 printed books.
Ilana Tahan has contributed to various books and has
written a number of journal articles all based on the