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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Markus Landau

Markus Landau was a famous writer and literary historian. Born in Brody in 1837, Landau’s first career was in trade. As a merchant, Landau...

Leopold Gottlieb

Leopold Gottlieb was a Polish-Jewish modernist painter. He was born in Drohobych, Galicia, received his art education in Krakow and Munich, and in...
Artist Drohobych

Henry Roth

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

Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Hebrew: שמואל יוסף עגנון‎)  was a Nobel Prize laureate writer and was one of the central figures of modern Hebrew...
Author Buchach

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...

Bruno Schulz

Bruno Schulz was a Polish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher born to Jewish parents, and regarded as one of the great Polish-...
Author Drohobych

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

Roald Hoffmann

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