Re: Was someone born in Galicia considered a Pole or Austrian #galicia

Adelle Gloger

Dear Group,

I believe I passed over the original question because I assumed that a
simple explanation or example would be forthcoming.

My explanation and example is this:

My grandfather's brother arrived in New York City, NY in
1909. On his Petition for Naturalization in 1915 his place of birth is given
as Grymalov, Austria. He renounced all allegiance to "Francis Joseph,
Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary."

My grandfather arrived New York City, NY in 1925. On his Petition
for Naturalization in 1931 his place of birth is given as Grymalov, Poland.
He renounced all allegiance to "The Republic of Poland."

The town remained in the same geographic location. At the time they
were born 1870s/1880s the town was in Austria. By the time my grandfather
left after WW 1, it was now in Poland.

My father, born 1906 in Tarnapol came to USA in 1922. His petition for
naturalization indicates he was born in Tarnapol, Poland. His naturalization
certificate indicates "former nationality: Poland"

The same for my father-in-law. He was born in Goradenka in 1894.
When he came here in 1912 it was Austria. When was naturalized in 1926 it
was Poland. He never said he was >from Poland---always Galicia.

Our family *never* considered ourselves Polish. We were never
identified as Austrian. We were Galitzianers >from Galicia ! Only when it
came to legal/gov't issues was Poland ever identified as their birthplace.

So, I imagine it's a personal choice as to how one wants to be
'considered'. But, all things 'considered' (excuse the pun) those born in
Galicia usually considered themselves to be Galitzianers no matter what the

Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Shaker Hts., Ohio

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