Notable people

Galicia and Bukovina were the origin of a Jewish heritage that stands out for several unique features. Located at the intersection of areas of Polish, German, Ukrainian, Romanian and Russian cultural influence, these regions saw the emergence of a particularly creative and dynamic Jewish culture. They provided the backdrop for major advances in rabbinic literature and modern Jewish thought, and were the site of some of the most vibrant and influential Hassidic courts. They were also the site of origin of several notable modern Jewish writers, the most famous of them being Shmuel Yosef Agnon (in Hebrew), Itzik Manger (in Yidish), Joseph Roth and Paul Celan (in German) and Bruno Schulz (in Polish). Additional individuals of note are Jews of Galician and Bukovinian origin who made notable contributions to several of the arts, scholars, statesmen and scientists.


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Berl Locker

Berl Locker Born in Kriwiec in Austria-Hungary, Locker was educated at a Jewish school. In 1902 he began contributing to the Der Yidisher...

Jakub Karol Parnas

Jakub Karol Parnas was born in 1884 in Mokriany near Drohobych, at that time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the province of Galicia (now...

Sir Hersch Lauterpacht

Sir Hersch Lauterpacht was born in Zhovkva, Austria-Hungary. He was a member of the United Nations' International Law Commission from 1952 to...

Otto Preminger

Otto Preminger was born in 1905 in Wiznitz (Vyzhnytsia), a town in west of Czernowitz, northern Bukovyna, in today's Ukraine. He was ...

Paul Celan

Paul Celan was one of the major German language poets and translator after World War II. His poetry being influenced by his traumatic experience...

Szymon Askenazy

Szymon Ashkenazy was born in Zawichost. He was a Polish historian, educator, statesman and diplomat, founder of the Askenazy school. ...

Yitzhak Ben-Aharon

Ben-Aharon was born in the Bukovina region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Romania). He became a leader in Hashomer Hatzair in Romania,...
Zionist activist

Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder  was born Samuel Wilder to a Jewish family in Sucha Beskidzka, Austria-Hungary.  He was an Austrian-born American filmmaker,...