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Spring, 2013 Lecture — Busko-Zdrój, Poland

Friday, April 26, 2013 – 11:00AM
Liceum Tadeusza Kosciuszki, Busko-Zdrój, Poland

“We Called Rohatyn Home: Jewish Families, Heritage, & the Holocaust”
Marla Raucher Osborn

From 1932-1936, Bronia HORN of Rohatyn taught German language and literature in Busko-Zdrój. This was the last place she would call home in Galicia before emigrating to Palestine. By leaving she would be one of three members of her family to survive the Holocaust. Those in her family that remained–over 75–would not.

Ms. Osborn will trace Bronia’s pre-War life in Galicia (Rohatyn, Lwow, Kraków, and Busko), and by doing so, will introduce to the students of today’s Liceum Tadeusza Kosciuszki, Busko-Zdrój the world of pre-War Galician Rohatyn and the Jewish families that once also called Rohatyn “home”.

Marla Raucher Osborn CV:

Marla Raucher Osborn was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from UCLA and Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, then practiced law in San Francisco from 1988-2000. For most of the last decade she has lived abroad with her husband in England, Paris, Milan, Buenos Aires, Lviv, Kraków, and returned to Paris in June 2012.

During the last several years Marla has worked with a wide variety of organizations and archives in the US and across Europe. She made her first trip to her grandmother’s Galician town of Rohatyn (today in western Ukraine) in 2008, returning almost a dozen times in 2011 while living in nearby Lviv. During those visits she and her husband viewed and photographed various sites of the town’s former Jewish past, met with local officials and townspeople, gave an interview with Ukrainian local TV, and accompanied friends and fellow researchers. She has also written articles on her Rohatyn research and YAHAD experiences for the Gesher Galicia SIG digest and The Galitzianer as well as JewishGen’s Success Stories.

Marla was an early member of and remains an active contributor to an online Rohatyn research group founded by Dr. Alex Feller, which strives to gather and distribute records and information about the lost Jewish community there, for survivors and descendants; this group has over 150 members worldwide today.

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