Gesher Galicia in NYC - Sunday, May 18 - "Austria, Poland, Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives, 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery" #galicia
You are invited to Gesher Galicia's spring regional meeting coming up
in New York City:
Sunday, May 18, 2014
11:00AM - 1:00PM
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011
"Austria Poland, Ukraine:
3 Countries, 5 Archives, 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery"
In addition to highlighting our new research projects and the All
Galicia Database there will be a special presentation.
GG board member, John Diener, >from Ottawa, Canada, and Pamela
Weisberger will talk about our trip in April 2013 to Austria, Poland,
and Ukraine. We timed the trip to attend the opening of the Museum
of the History of Polish Jews building in Warsaw, and over twelve days
we visited archives in Vienna, Warsaw, Przemysl, Lviv and Ternopil. We
toured the new Museum, viewed "Rotem," a powerful documentary on
Warsaw Ghetto fighter Simcha Rotem, heard a "Bund Band" jazz
concert, were treated to an incredible dinner with Piotr Pininski, great
grandson of Count Leonard Pininski, the magnate nobleman who once
owned the Galician town of Grzymalow where John's father and
Pamela's grandfather were born. After a short stop in Krakow, to give
a presentation to the local population trying to discover more about
their Jewish roots, we journeyed to Przemysl and toured the Polish
State Archives there. Later, in Ukraine, escorted by Alex and Natalie
Dunai, we visited Grzymalow, its ruined synagogue, cheder and Jewish
cemetery. Learn about the trip's highlights and get glimpses of the
Museum's core exhibition which will debut this October. We will also
explain the challenges of archival research in different locales (from
white gloves to burnt documents and moldy dust) and discover the
exceptional opportunity to connect past to present through
investigative genealogical research.
Admission is free. No reservations are necessary.
Directions to the Center for Jewish History are here:
John Diener is an Ottawa, Canada, businessman who is also the
vice-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Ottawa, and is on
the board of directors of Gesher Galicia. John co-sponsored the
filming of all matzevot in Zhvanets, Ukraine; the data on these 1,200
stones was submitted to JOWBR and he has amassed 2,500 names on
his family tree. John is shtetl leader for Grzymalow, Ukraine, and
writes a monthly column, Connecting the Branches, for the Ottawa
Jewish Bulletin. He is the proud owner of Saslove's Meat Market in the
center of Ottawa's historic marketplace, which has been an institution
in the city since 1954.
Pamela Weisberger is president and research coordinator of Gesher
Galicia and 1st V.P./program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society
of Los Angeles. She is also a professional genealogist and has
conducted research in Polish, German, Israeli, Ukrainian, and Austrian