Announcing the Rohatyn BoF Meeting: IAJGS Paris July 15, 2012 #galicia

Marla Raucher Osborn <osborn@...>

Dear researchers,

I am very pleased to announce that there will be a Rohatyn Birds
of a Feather (BOF) meeting on the opening day of the 32nd
Annual IAJGS Conference next summer in Paris, Sunday, 15 July
2012 at 5:00 p.m.

This meeting is open to anyone with family connections to the
Galician town of Rohatyn, or is generally interested in learning
more about the town, its former Jewish community, and Jewish
research sources abroad.

The following is a synopsis.

Today, Rohatyn is located in western Ukraine, less than two
hours' drive south >from the beautiful historic city of Lviv
(formerly, Lemberg and Lwow). In many ways, Rohatyn was
- and is - a typical eastern Galician town: during the inter-War
years its population was 50% Jewish; at the outbreak of WWII, its
population was 1/3 Polish, 1/3 Jewish, and 1/3 Ukrainian. It was
multi-lingual and culturally vibrant, and was commercially linked
by rail to Lwow, Tarnopol, and Chernivtsi. Many Rohatyn Jewish
families sent their sons and daughters to prestigious academic
Universities in Krakow, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest, and
maintained strong business connections as well to these urban
“jewels” in the crown of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The Rohatyn BOF meeting will be conducted by Marla Raucher
Osborn, a member of the Board of Directors of Gesher Galicia.
Over 2011, Marla spent five months living and researching in
Lviv, making more than half a dozen trips to Rohatyn. Marla will
discuss her Rohatyn trips and discoveries, as well as the
undertaking of a long-term project to recover the Jewish
headstone fragments still found around the town today and
their return to Rohatyn's former Jewish cemetery. She will also
present slides and other information about the box of Jewish
paper scraps discovered in the 2011 renovation of a building
that housed the Rohatyn Judenrat during the Nazi occupation,
the proposed future plans for translating and exhibiting of
these rare and important artifacts, and her meetings with
various townspeople and officials during 2011. Marla will also
talk about the Rohatyn Shtetl Research Group (“RSRG”), founded
in 2009 by Dr. Alex Feller, today with more than 150 members
worldwide, all of whom have family or historic connections to
the town, like herself. Time permitting, Marla will also share
examples of the many and varied types of records she has
obtained across western and central Europe for her Rohatyn
family (>from sources in Lviv, Vienna, Krakow, Warsaw, and
Munich, to name a few), plus discuss the RSRG's latest, exciting
project: the overlaying of Rohatyn's 1846 cadastral maps onto
google maps, allowing users to zoom in on their pre-War
ancestral homes and businesses!

Bilingual in English and French, Marla will be happy to take and
respond to questions and comments >from those attending this
BOF meeting. We hope you can join her at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday,
July 15th.

Please continue to check with the Conference website for
updates and room changes:

Kind regards,

Marla Raucher Osborn
headed to Krakow for 3 months,
then back to Paris, France for 2012

Rohatyn and TEICHMAN >from Chodorow (Galicia, Western Ukraine);
SILBER >from Ulanow and Sokolow Malapolski (Poland); BLECHER
from Soroka, Bessarabia (Moldova); BRUNSHTEIN/BROWNSTEIN/
BRONSTEIN, SARFAS/CHARFAS, FABER >from Mohyliv Podilskyy and
Kamyanets Podilskyy (Ukraine); FRANKENBERG >from Vilnius
KASTENBAUM >from Przemysl (Poland)

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