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Austria, Poland, Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives, 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery – Canberra, Australia

Monday, March 24, 2014 – 7:45PM

National Jewish Memorial Center
Forrest, Canberra, Australia

Pamela Weisberger at the site of the Warsaw ghetto – April 2013

In April 2013, Gesher Galicia’s president, Pamela Weisberger, and board member, John Diener, traveled to Austria, Poland, and Ukraine. Over twelve days they visited archives in Vienna, Warsaw, Przemysl, Lviv and Ternopil. In Warsaw they attended the opening of the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, followed by an incredible dinner with Count Peter (Piotr) Pininski, great grandson of the magnate nobleman who once owned the Galician town of Grzymalow where John’s father and Pamela’s grandfather were born. They journey to archives in Krakow and Przemysl before landing in Lviv. Alex Dunai guides them to Grzymalow, Ukraine and its ruined synagogue, cheder and decimated Jewish cemetery. Learn about the trip’s highlights, the challenges of archival research in different locales (from white gloves to burnt documents and moldy dust) and the exceptional opportunity to connect past to present through investigative genealogical research.

Warsaw Museum RoofJointly sponsored by the Australian Jewish Historical Society ACT in Canberra and the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society. There will be a celebration and reception to mark the 30th anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the Australian Jewish Historical Society.

PW Grzymalow Synagogue

Grzyamlow, Ukraine, Synagogue – April 2013

Pamela WeisbergerPamela 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, writer, genealogical videographer and international speaker and has conducted research in Polish, German, Israeli, Ukrainian, and Austrian archives.

Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people research their Jewish family roots in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire province of Galicia, which is today southeastern Poland and southwestern Ukraine. Our organization's primary focus is researching Jewish roots in Galicia, but the diverse community records in our databases contain names that span all the ethnic and religious groups who once lived in this region.

Search our free All Galicia Database, Map Room, and Archival Inventory today, and learn about our terrific member benefits for genealogists, researchers, and families, starting at just $25/year. You can join online!