Pinkas haKehilot

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Pinkas haKehilot
Pinkas haKehilot 1a.jpg
Book cover, series, sample.[1]
Original title פנקס הקהילות
Country Israel
Language Hebrew and Yiddish
Subject History of the Holocaust
Publisher Yad Vashem

Pinkas haKehillot or Pinkas Ha-kehilot, (Hebrew: פנקס הקהילות; notebook of the [Jewish] communities; plural: Pinkasei haKehillot) Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities from Their Foundation till after the Holocaust,[2] is the name of each volume of a series presenting collected historical information and demographic data on Eastern European countries' Jewish communities, most of which were depopulated and whose populations were exterminated in the Holocaust. Pinkasei haKehillot is one of the most important projects undertaken by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, concisely documenting this aspect of the history of the Holocaust.[3][4]


Each volume of Pinkas Hakehillot is produced geographically, with locale names in Yiddish as well as the local language's version. The content is composed of collected documents, lists, personal memoirs in their original unedited form, historical accounts and essays devoted to the life of Jewish communities from antiquity until the present, including maps and period photographs. The Pinkas attempts to illustrate "the life that once was and is no more".


In 1973, the project was awarded the Israel Prize, for its special contribution to society and the State.[5] It receives financial support from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.[3]

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