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
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History and Background
Images of Bielsk Podlaski
photos of families from Bielsk Podlaski
Jewish Life in the Old Country
While not specific to Bielsk Podlaski the materials can perhaps
give us a glimpse of the life our ancestors lived.
- Philosophers, Fiddlers and Fools is a wonderful and moving
audio program containing music, stories and memories from a
world now vanished.
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
Chief Rabbi Aryeh Loeb Yellin
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).
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 Bialystok. Also see Ordering
records from the Polish State Archives.
- 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.
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:
Search JewishGen Databases
Bielsker Sefer Torah: From a cobbler's bench in 1945 to an
Israeli shul in 2013
- Bielsk Podlaski on the Encyclopedia
- 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
Invasion of Poland, 1939
- Deportations 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)
Criminals contains a reference to
executions in Bielsk
- Judgment in
the Cologne Court of Justice record of war crimes trial,
refers to 1942 Jewish population in Bielsk
on PBS Frontline, includes information about Treblinka where
Jews from Bielsk Podlaski were murdered
- We Remember
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.
- Visual History Archive,
established by Steven Spielberg to videotape and preserve the
testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. The foundation
has collected more than 50,000 testimonies.
- The Polish Jews home page,
created to preserve the memory of those millions of Polish Jews
who suffered and perished..
JewishGen. Search the JewishGen Family Finder for others
researching Bielsk Podlaski. Also search the message archives
for references to Bielsk Podlaski.
- 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 February 19, 2021
Copyright © 2002 - 2019 Andrew Blumberg
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