From the archives of The Galitzianer

Published since 1993, The Galitzianer is the quarterly newsletter of Gesher Galicia. A selection of articles from recent issues have been put online, and more pieces will be added to this website in the near future. Articles may also be browsed by issue number or by article type. Members of Gesher Galicia can download full PDF's of past issues, and can opt to receive their subscription to the The Galitzianer in either digital or paper format.

From (November, 2005) ·

How the Son of Ulysses S. Grant Helped a Galitzianer

by Ben Weinstock

Ulysses S. Grant. The name probably triggers memories from your high school history class: Civil War general, later 18th President of the United States. However, if you hear the name “Frederick Dent Grant,” you would probably say, “Who?” Frederick Dent Grant was a son of Ulysses S. Grant and was, for five years, United States Minister to Austria-Hungary. This is the story of how he helped a Jew from Galicia.

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Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States

by Susana Leistner Bloch

The Galitzianer - Polish Friendship Book, #1 of 2 The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States consist of a collection of 111 manuscript volumes compiled in Poland in 1926 and delivered to President Calvin to honor the 150th anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence. Richly illustrated with original works by prominent Polish graphic artists, the collection includes the greetings and signatures of national, provincial and local government officials, representatives of religious, social, business, academic, and military institutions, and school children. President Coolidge asked that this collection be transferred to the Library of Congress where it remained “forgotten” for some 70 years. In 1996, during the visit of Polish First Lady Jolanta Kwasniewska and other Polish dignitaries, the collection was serendipitously “rediscovered.”

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