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Memorial book of Rokiskis (Rokiskis, Lithuania) : translation of Yisker-bukh fun Rakishok un umgegnt (Yizkor book of Rakishok and environs) / edited by M. Bakalczuk-Felin ; project coordinator, Tim Baker.

Publication | Library Call Number: DS135.L5 M46 2017

"Jews began settling in Rokiškis in the late 17th Century. During the 19th Century, the town's importance as a regional commercial center increased with the completion of a railway line that connected it to the Baltic ports of Riga and Libau / Liepaja and to the interior of the Russian Empire. By 1897, the Jewish population had grown to 2,067, 75% of the town's population. There was a strong Chasidic presence in the Rokiškis area, which was unique to Lithuania. Prior to the Holocaust, about 3,500 Jews lived in Rokiškis. By the end of August 1941 nearly all were murdered. In 1952, Jews from the area who had emigrated to South Africa before the war published a collection of Yiddish-language articles and related images under the title Yisker-bukh fun Rakishok un umgegnt (Memorial Book for Rokiskis and Environs). Countless hours of volunteer effort have been devoted to translating that work into English and recently to gathering additional materials that were not available when the original book was published. Together, these translations, images, and new material provide English-speaking readers a composite picture of the history, culture, institutions, and daily lives of the Jews of the Rokiškis area and will be a lasting memorial to them"--Back cover.

Book cover
Uniform Title
יזכור בוך פון ראקישאק און אומגעגנט.‪‪ אנגלית.‪‪
Variant Title
Yizkor book of Rokiskis
Rokiskis Yizkor book
JewishGen and the Yizkor-Books-in-Print Project
Yizkor-Books-in-Print Project (JewishGen)
New York : JewishGen, [2017]
Rokiškis (Lithuania)
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