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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Dov Sadan

Professor Dov Sadan was born in Brody in the Galicia region of Austria-Hungary. Sadan received a traditional Jewish education. He joined...
Scholar Brody

Helena Rubinstein

Helena Rubinstein was born in Kraków, Austria-Hungary (modern-day Poland). she was a Polish-born American business magnate. A cosmetics...
Business owner Krakov

Henry Roth

An American novelist and short story writer. His first book Call it Sleep was published in 1934.
Author Stanislawow (Ivano-Frankivsk)

Hermann Menkes

Hermann Menkes was a well-known writer, journalist and literary critic. Born in Brody in 1865, Menkes graduated from the departments of literary...
Journalist Brody

Isaak Robinsohn

Isaak Robinsohn was a well-known radiologist, born in the town of Brody in 1874. His father ran a bookshop and, as a result, Isaak was surrounded by...
Radiologist Brody

Isidor Isaac Rabi

Isidor Isaac Rabi was born in Rymanów, Galicia, Austria-Hungary. He was a Polish-born American physicist and Nobel laureate, recognized in 1944 for...
Physics Rimanuv

Iuliu (Yehuda) Barasch

Born in Brody in 1815, Julius Barasch received a traditional religious education, but after meeting two famous maskillim, Hirsh Mendel and Izkhak...
Scientist Brody

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...
Biochemist