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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Max Margules

Max Margules was a well-known mathematician and meteorologist. Born in Brody in 1856, Margules graduated from the University of Vienna, where he...
Mathematician Brody

Mayer von Kallir

Mayer von Kallir was a famous banker and patron of the arts. He was born in 1789 to a family of immigrants from Bohemia. His father, Alehander Kallir...
Banker Brody

Meir Balaban

Meir Balaban was one of the most outstanding historians of Polish and Galician Jews, and the founder of Polish Jewish historiography. ...
Historian Lviv

Oser Kokesch

Oser Kokesch was a Zionist activist, born in Brody in 1859. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Vienna, Kokesch –...
Zionist activist Brody

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 ...
Filmmaker

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...
Author

Pinhas Lavon

Pinhas Lavon was born as Pinhas Lubianiker in Kopychyntsi in what was previously Galicia in Austria-Hungary (now in Ukraine). He studied law at...
Politician Kopychyntse

Roald Hoffmann

Roald Hoffmann was born in Zolochiv  Poland (now Ukraine). He  is an American theoretical chemist who won the 1981 Nobel Prize in...
Biochemist