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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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