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The library located adjacent to the Moreshet Archive contains a large collection of “Yizkor” books commemorating Jewish communities, most of which were destroyed during the Holocaust.

 

 

During the war itself, in an effort to ensure that the world would learn about what happened in Europe and that evidence of the Holocaust would remain in existence, Jews began documenting their own histories.

 

This drive to preserve and document the unprecedented circumstances faced by the Jews of Europe during the war, in accordance with the biblical imperative “zakhor” (remember), resulted in the publication of memory books commemorating various communities. The first such book, “"לאדז'ער יזכור בוך, was published in 1943 by the United Rescue Committee in New York. Additional community books that were compiled in the displaced persons camps were published immediately following the war. New books are still being published today, as are new editions of books published in the past Community books are commemorative monuments–memorials to those who died. Some books are meant to take the place of gravestones that could never be laid as a final act of benevolence for the dead.     

 

 

As time passes, Holocaust survivors have become increasingly willing to tell their stories and family members have started displaying an increased interest in the experiences of their relatives during those terrible times. As a result, we are currently witnessing the publication of a growing number of memoirs and testimonies, literary compositions, and other works of art. The common purpose of all these endeavors is to leave testimony, in fulfillment of the imperative “zakhor.”  

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