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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Ascher Selig Lauterbach

Ascher Selig Lauterbach was born in 1826 in Drohobych to a family of salt merchants.  His father, Yaakov Betzalel ben Zvi, was born in Bavaria...
Industrialist Drohobych

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

Aron Hersch Zupnik

          Aron Zupnik  was born in Stryi, Galicia, in 1848. He settled in Drohobych in 1866, the year in which he also...
Writer Drohobych

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

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

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

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

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