World War II was a desperate time for Europe’s Jews, with millions slaughtered in the Holocaust and more fleeing the Nazi death machine, resulting in the wholesale disappearance of Jewish communities. After the war, the dispersed survivors created Memorial (Yizkor) books to commemorate these lost communities and their residents. The original volumes were in Yiddish, and The Genealogy Center
has had a collection of these Yizkor Books for many years. JewishGen
has undertaken the Yizkor Book Project
to republish 800 of these volumes with added translations for ease of use. The Genealogy Center
has recently acquired the first 52 of these newly published resources.
Read more about the project and come in to take advantage of these wonderful sources. Congregation Achduth Vesholom
, has also created the Madge Rothschild Resource Center
at 5200 Old Mill Road in Fort Wayne, with their Grand Opening scheduled for Sunday April 30, 2017. Join them for an Open House at 2:30 p.m., and keynote speaker, author David Laskin on “One Family, Three Journeys: How One Family Embodied The Sweep Of 20th Century Jewish History,” at 4 p.m. Laskin's family's journey began with a Torah scribe and his family in Russia 150 years ago. Events around the family scattered them to America, to Palestine and into Germany to to fall prey to the Holocaust. Join them for this inspiring lecture!