Please read: An
Introduction to Bielsk, by Mark W. Gordon
Yizkor Book: Book
in the Holy Memory of the Bielsk Podliask Jews
Welcome to the ShtetLinks site for Bielsk Podlaski (also known in
Yiddish as Bielsk Podliask). We hope this site will help you learn
more about your ancestral shtetl, how your ancestors lived and
perhaps help you discover names of ancestors or relatives. Some
original source materials listing names of people from Bielsk
Podlaski are contained in this site. This site also contains links
to external resources pertaining to our shtetl and Jewish life in
Poland. If you have photos, documents, stories or materials that
you would like to contribute to this site, or if you find any
errors, please email
the coordinator, who will be happy to assist with the
scanning of photos or other materials you may have. Remember to bookmark this page.
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Jewish Life in the Old Country
While not specific to Bielsk Podlaski these materials can perhaps
give us a glimpse of the life our ancestors lived.
- The Steven
Spielberg Jewish Film Archive's Virtual
Cinema has a number of films that you can view for free on
the Internet. These films can provide an idea of how our
ancestors might have lived in Poland before the Holocaust. Films
include the following five taken in 1939 before the
the Ellis Island database for records of immigrants from
Bielsk Podlaski. Searching for Bielsk, without using a surname,
returns 1,171 records. Searching for Billsk returns 19 records.
- Locate records of Jewish
in the Ellis Island database. This is not a complete
database of all Jewish immigrants through Ellis Island but may
be of great assistance in locating your ancestors.
Auschwitz searchable database allows you to search for
records of those murdered at Auschwitz by name, place of birth
(Bielsk Podlaski - 4 records, Bielsk -5 records), and last
residence (Bielsk Podlaski - 2 records). You can also visit the
English web site of the
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.
JewishGen All Poland Database, containing over 2 million
entries for individuals from Poland.
- Bielsk Podlaski holdings in Eastern European archives
identified by the Miriam
Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation. Search the Archive
Database for Bielsk to see the inventory showing holdings in
five different archives. Materials include census records taken
in eleven different years, birth, death, marriage, emigration,
army and notary records.
Podlaski holdings identified by Jewish Records
Indexing - Poland. This list is a subset of of the
holdings identified by the Routes to Roots Foundation. You may
search for ancestors records on JRI-PL.
- JewishGen InfoFile - Polish
- Polish State
Archives and the State Archives in
- Read chapters excerpted from Jewish Roots
in Poland on the Miriam
Routes to Roots Foundation.
to Poland JewishGen InfoFile.
- The YIVO Institute
for Jewish Research has the Book in the Holy Memory
of the Bielsk-Podliask Jews which contains an English
section (see link at the top of this page to read this section).
The main body of the book is a few hundred pages in Hebrew or
Yiddish with photos and a necrology.
Images of Bielsk Podlaski
Chief Rabbi Aryeh Loeb Yellin
Born in Skidel, Lithuania in 1820. Died 1886. Served as the
Chief Rabbi of Bielsk from 1856 until his death in 1886. Yellin's
published works are sermons, responsa, commentary, and "glosses"
to the Babylonian Taimud. Known as Yefeh Einayim, the glosses were
printed in the back of the Vilna edition of the Talmud. See the
following for references:
History and Background Information
Invasion of Poland, 1939.
to Treblinka (on the Svisloch
ShtetLinks page) refers to deportations of 11,000 Jews from the
Bielsk Podlaski area to Treblinka in 1942.
the Deportations to the Camps (November 2,
1942—March 12, 1942), on Grodno Online
Criminals contains a reference to
executions in Bielsk, on the Nizkor Project web site.
- Judgment in
the Cologne Court of Justice record of war crimes trial on
Grodno Online, refers
to 1942 Jewish population in Bielsk.
on PBS Frontline, includes information about Treblinka where
Jews from Bielsk Podlaski were murdered.
- We Remember
- Simon Wiesenthal Center
Multimedia Learning Center.
on the Jewish
of Treblinka SS-Men, on A
Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust.
on The United States Holocaust
- Holocaust Victim
Assets Litigation (Swiss Banks) the official information
web site for the Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation against
Swiss Banks and other Swiss Entities.
- Survivors of the Shoah Visual
History Foundation, established by Steven Spielberg to
videotape and preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors
and witnesses. The foundation has collected more than 50,000
- Bielsk Podlaski commemorated the 70th anniversary of the
liquidation of the ghetto: Original
web page in Polish from the Internet Archive Wayback
Machine - English
translation using Google Translate
View photos of families from Bielsk
Search JewishGen Databases
Search JewishGen. Search the
JewishGen Family Finder for others researching Bielsk Podlaski.
Also search the message archives for references to Bielsk
- Jewish Bialystok and Surroundings In Eastern Poland
by Tomasz Wisniewski. Two pages of this book are specific to the
history of and present conditions in Bielsk Podlaski.
- History of the Jews in Poland and Russia by Simon
Other Links of Interest
Compiled by Andrew
Updated December 28, 2014
Copyright © 2002 - 2014 Andrew Blumberg
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