Liberated in mid-August 1944

Public Security Office in Sokolow Podlaski states that the area of Sokolow Podlaski district was liberated by the Red Army and at its side the Polish Army in mid-August 1944.


Translation of Yizkor Book

Some time ago you expressed interest about my project to translate into English, from Yiddish, a 1962 book about Sokolow-Podlaski, a Polish shetl close to Warsaw from where your, and my, ancestors lived before immigrating to America.

With the excellent support and help from the Jewish Genealogical Society (JewishGen), the first few sections have been translated.  You can now find and read them if you click on the following URL:


When you open the link, begin to slowly scroll down until you see the Table of Contents.  Click on the sections (hyper-inked in blue) and you can read, in English, the already completed translations.  If you are like me, the few translated sections vividly portray what hard, and often oppressive, lives our ancestors lived in the Old Country.  I count my blessings that at the age of 15, my father left Sokolow with a Visa and arrived in America on the steamship Vauban on February 14, 1921.

After you read the book’s prefaces and the first 3 sections under The Old Home, continue to scroll down the TOC past the Destruction heading to the ‘A memorial list of victims” section.  Click on the hyperlink and you may, as I did, find the names of some of your relatives on the list.

With initial donations to JewishGen, we have so far managed to translate less that 100 of the 816 page book.  For further translations to continue, our best estimates are that something like $20,000 will be needed to continue our translation efforts.  Unless there is a benefactor in our midst, we expect that it will take much time to raise this much money.

If you are so inclined and wish to support translating additional sections, please refer to the information above the “plaques” at the top of the URL.  Your donation will go directly to support The JewishGen Yizkor Book Project, specifically this translation, and will be tax deductible.

If you are so inclined and wish to support translating additional sections, please cut and paste the URL below to access the JewishGen web page directly and scroll down the list until you reach the Sokolow Podlaski, Poland Yizkor Book line.


Your donation will go directly to support this translation project, and will be tax deductible.

Thank you for your interest and continued support and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Al Opengart