Galician and Bukovinian Jewry: An Annotated Bibliography

The JGB annotated bibliography project is a joint venture of JGB Organization and Ludmer International Project on the Jewish Heritage of Galicia and Bukovina at the University of Haifa. It covers about 200 years of literature on Galician and Bukovinian Jewry. It documents a wide range of works that relate, in whole or in part, to history and legacy of these Diaspora communities and their prominent figures, especially from the period of Austrian annexation (1772) until the outbreak of World War II (1939).

To date, thousands of essays, books, book chapters, pamphlets, and articles, from numerous publications, in some ten languages have been collected. The detailed catalogue of the items provides researchers, students, and the general public with quick access to large reservoir of knowledge about the Galician and Bukovinian Jewry, much of which has not been accessible through existing databases.

The JGB Bibliography database includes the following types of materials:


  1. Approximately 300 journal titles, encompassing around 4,000 volumes. The selected titles comprise most of the major research and cultural journals, mainly in Hebrew, Yiddish,and English, that include materials on the Diaspora communities in question with regard to their Jewish history and Jewish culture.
  2. Hundreds of collections of articles, including Jubilee books published in honor of recognized personalities and collections of authors' articles.
  3. Hundreds of research monographs on a variety of subjects.
  4. Memorial books for destroyed communities – which cover the memory of around 170 communities.

Each item is tagged according to the following 10 fields:

  1. Item tags (in its original language): author, title of the work (book/article), source (publishing platform, in the case of an article), name of publisher, place of publication, year of publication;
  2. Comments (in Hebrew and English) - depict how the item relates to Galician and Bukovinian Jewry; provide details about the structure of the item and its parts relating to this theme, including, terms, communities, and personalities; and contribute bibliographic information on other editions and versions, translations, and critiques;
  3. Subject/Subjects (in English) - around 30 main topics according to which the item should be classified, including General context (works relating to Galicia and Bukovina as part of a more comprehensive survey that goes beyond the boundaries of Austria or Poland), General Surveys (about this Diaspora), Reference books and biographiesBukovina (for items on this Diaspora, which are fewer in number than Galician items), and a range of focused research fields, including Legal status, Communities and institutions,Politics, Nationalism (including  Zionism), SocialismEconomicsDemography and StatisticsGenealogyReligion and rabbisHasidismEducation and Jewish studiesLiteratureNewspapers and publishingArtTheater, Music, Education, Yiddish, Folklore, Karaism, Anti-Semitism and pogroms, Jews and their surroundings, Immigration and Diaspora, World War I, Eretz Israel, Memory and Perpetuation.
  4. Community/ Communities - indicating communities that are prominent in the item;
  5. The item’s language (in English).