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Gesher Galicia Programs at the 2012 IAJGS Conference in Paris, France

Sunday, July 15 – 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Gesher Galicia Table at the SIG Fair
GG maps and books on display and website demonstration

Sunday, July 15 – 3:30 PM

Rohatyn Birds-of-a-Feather Meeting
Marla Raucher Osborn, Gesher Galicia Board Member

Monday, July 16 – 8:00 PM

Screening of Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, In Darkness, with Agnieszka Holland, Director.
Following the screening, Ms. Holland will take questions from the audience.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 – 10:50 AM

Gesher Galicia SIG Meeting
Pamela Weisberger, President and Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

At our annual Gesher Galicia SIG meeting, we will cover a variety of updates and highlight several special speakers, including Alexander Dunai. Mr. Dunai will be representing the director of the Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine, Ms. Diana Peltz, at the conference and he will discuss research opportunities in the archives, focusing on some of the more unusual Galician records there.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 – 12:30 PM

Gesher Galicia SIG Luncheon
Speaker: Filmmaker, Agnieszka Holland

This year’s speaker is filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, whose film “In Darkness” was the official 2012 Foreign Language Oscar nominee for Poland this year. Ms. Holland has previously been nominated for two Oscars for “Europa, Europa” and “Angry Harvest.” She is the director of “The Secret Garden” and co-writer of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors: Blue.” She’s also an Emmy nominee for her directing work on HBO’s “Treme” and has directed episodes of “The Wire,” “The Killing,” and “Cold Case.”

“In Darkness” is based on a true story from Robert Marshall’s book, “In the Sewers of Lwow.” The action is set in German-occupied Poland during World War II, where a Polish thief hides a group of Jewish refugees, ultimately saving their lives while risking his own. Ms. Holland will discuss the universal dimension of Holocaust stories: how to achieve accuracy and authenticity – and avoid sentimentality – while still making an emotional impact on the audience. She’ll discuss European audiences’ reactions to the film, and will explore the challenges and complexities of portraying the Lvov ghetto in 1943 – and its social-political context – contrasted with the lives of the story’s protagonists. (If you have already registered for the conference, you can log in at and add on the luncheon, which has a fee attached.)

The film will screen the night before the luncheon in the conference theatre, and Ms. Holland will introduce it and take questions afterwards. This is a French premiere for the film, and we’re thrilled to provide this special opportunity for attendees to discuss the film with its director.

Tuesday, July 17 – 2:00 PM

Jewish Genealogy in Poland: An Applied Science
Speakers: Anna Przybyszewska Drozd and Yale Reisner, from The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute and the Jewish Genealogy and Family Heritage Center, Warsaw, Poland.

Since 1994, Anna and Yale have been assisting individuals and families with Polish Jewish roots in uncovering unknown aspects of their family history and in locating long-lost family members — in some cases, even members of their immediate families. In addition to receiving hundreds of guests a year on-site and responding to written queries from nearly every corner of the globe, they have lectured on genealogy-related topics at conferences, given workshops at Jewish cultural festivals and addressed audiences in synagogues and Jewish organizations across the U.S. and Canada, Eastern and Western Europe and Israel. They serve as consultants to a range of institutions in Poland (e.g., courts, municipalities, press, even the police), as well as assisting rabbinates in several countries, the Jewish Agency and the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office in assessing the Jewish background of Polish citizens. The JG & FHC team have between them decades of experience, an excellent command of several languages and familiarity with many aspects of Polish and Polish Jewish history, culture and customs.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 – 4:10 PM

Cadastral Maps, Landowner, School & Voter Records: New Horizons for Genealogists
Speaker: Pamela Weisberger, President and Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – 2:50 PM

Sources of Jewish genealogy of XVIII to XX centuries, in the Fond of the State Central Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv
Speaker: Alex Dunai on behalf of Diana Peltz, Director of the Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine

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 $36/year. You can join online!