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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Josef Sigall

Josef Sigall was a painter, born in Brody in 1891. Having graduated from the gymnasium in Lviv in 1909, he moved to Vienna, where he gained his art...
Painter Brody

Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises

Ludwig von Mises was born to wealthy Jewish parents in the city of Lemberg, in Galicia, Austria-Hungary (now L'viv, Ukraine). He was a...
Philosopher Lviv

Leopold Infeld

Leopold Infeld was born in a family of Polish Jews, in Kraków which at that time was located in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was a...
Physicist Krakov

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

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...
Politician

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

Wilhelm Reich

Wilhelm Reich (24 March 1897 – 3 November 1957) was an Austrian psychoanalyst, a member of the second generation of...
Psychiatrist

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