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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Dov Sadan

Professor Dov Sadan was born in Brody in the Galicia region of Austria-Hungary. Sadan received a traditional Jewish education. He joined...
Scholar Brody

Arthur Hertzberg

Avraham Hertzberg was born in Lubaczów, Poland, the eldest of five children, and left Europe in 1926 with his mother and grandmother to join his...
Scholar Lubaczów

Iuliu (Yehuda) Barasch

Born in Brody in 1815, Julius Barasch received a traditional religious education, but after meeting two famous maskillim, Hirsh Mendel and Izkhak...
Scientist Brody

Chajes Hirsch Perez

Hirsch Perez Chajes was a theologian, orientalist, and one of the leaders of the Zionist movement. He was born in Brody in 1876.After graduating from...
Theologian Brody

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

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

Yitzhak Ben-Aharon

Ben-Aharon was born in the Bukovina region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Romania). He became a leader in Hashomer Hatzair in Romania,...
Zionist activist

Yitzhak Artzi

Artzi was born Izo Hertzig in Siret, Romania into a Hassidic family. He was educated at high schools in his hometown and Chernivtsi, before attending...
Zionist activist Siret