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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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

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

Leon Sternbach

Leon Sternbach was a Polish-Jewish classical philologist and Byzantinist, a professor at the Jagellonian University. Born in Drohobych, Galicia,...
Classical philologist Drohobych

Leo Landau

 Leo Landau was a well-known stage director and actor, who appeared under the stage name Lenkhart. Born in Brody in 1878, Landau became famous...
Director 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

Lee Strasberg

Lee Strasberg  was born Israel Strassberg Budzanów, Austria-Hungary (today in Ukraine). He  was an American actor, director and acting...
Filmmaker Budzanuv

Billy Wilder

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

Alfred Landau

Alfred Landau was a famous folklorist and philologist. Born in Brody in 1850, into the family of a famous rabbi, Landau studied in a gymnasium in...
Folklorist Brody