“By making These We Remember: Yizkor Book of Ivenets, Kamin and Surroundings accessible in the widest sense of the word, Florette Lynn’s excellent translation establishes a new standard in making the memorial book a useful source in depicting and understanding the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry. Originally written (mostly in Yiddish) by survivors in the Holocaust, Yizkor, or memorial books, were produced by Holocaust survivors to record the past and to serve as a memorial to the communities from whence they came. In addition to language deficiencies, deficits in knowledge of such areas as terminology and geography usually limit the genre’s access to a wider audience. As a consequence, the Yizkor book has chiefly been viewed as a source for genealogists.
Not only Lynn’s deft translation, but also her inclusion of explanatory remarks throughout the text, several well-chosen maps and a full glossary at the end will make the book useful for general readers, students and scholars alike. No library with an interest in Modern Jewish History should be without it.”
“Florette Lynn’s These We Remember, her translation of the Yizkor Book of Ivenets, Kamin and Surroundings, is a gift to all who care deeply about our continuing ability to recall Holocaust of European Jewry.
There are many Yizkor Books…Lynn’s accomplishment is making this Yizkor book… accessible to English readers of all ages, primarily to educators and their students who were born years after the 1940’s and for whom the Holocaust is rapidly fading from awareness.
Lynn includes memoirs, photographs and maps, and a list of names of those who perished. Helpful teaching aids include a glossary at the end and brief marginal notes sprinkled throughout the text that clarify institutions that might not be familiar to all, such as shofar, tallit, and Hatikvah. But it is the historical narrative that really brings the town alive. The book is rich with personalities — the rabbis, the chazzan, Saul the Barber are just a few. The details are such that we feel present at the Sabbath, cheders and markets, as the speakers describe their worship, education and shopping.
The book is Holocaust education at its best. It draws into the daily life experience of the inhabitants of Ivenetz, in the decades prior to, during and following the genocide. We hear from survivors in Israel and beyond. The book provides a rare glimpse, not only into their lives, but how Judaism was practiced in small villages in the generations before the war.
Lynn’s accomplishment is the translation, which is literate, often elegant, and always accessible. This is simply a major contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust, and even more, to our attempts to educate so that the men, women and events of the war will never be forgotten.”
“This holy book of primary source memoirs has the voices of the few men and woman who survived one of the most horrific events of all time. Those murdered exist in a void, voiceless. We know not where or how their lives were taken. Let these words be the tombstones for their unmarked graves.”
Honored to be selected for inclusion in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s collection, Washington DC.
These We Remember is also included in collections of:
- Bergen County Cooperative Library System Bergen County, NJ
- Kean College Holocaust Resource Center Union, NJ
- New Milford High School New Milford, NJ
- New York Public Library New York City, NY
- Ramapo College Holocaust and Genocide Center Mahwah, NJ
- Randolph High School Randolph, NJ
- St. Louis County Library St Louis, MO
- Stockton University Galloway, NJ
- Westwood Junior Senior HS Township of Washington, NJ
- YIVO Institute for Jewish Research New York City, NY
- Keynote Presentation at opening of “Memory into History” Holocaust exhibit, JCC Metro West, Whippany, NJ, January 27, 2009.
- Conference of Holocaust Educators, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft NJ, December 9, 2009.
- Conference on Using Primary Sources in Teaching Holocaust, Ramapo College Holocaust and Genocide Center, May 23, 2009.
- These We Remember, City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, New York City, NY, April 5, 2013
- These We Remember, Kristallnacht Commemoration, Congregation B’nai Jacob, Jersey City, NJ, November 8, 2015
- Presentation to Hadassah, JCC Washington Township
- Presentation to Senior Club, JCC Tenafly
- Contributed to Randolph High School Holocaust course, Randolph, NJ
- United States
- United Kingdom