Gesher Galicia Videos

Welcome to our home for Galician research and historical videos, including videos of conference and regional meeting presentations and oral histories.

Our newest videos are "I Remember Jewish Drohobycz," the Gesher Galicia Spring 2014 Regional Meeting, which includes "Austria, Poland, Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives, 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery," and an interview with 91 year-old Shlomo Kahane. You can also view “Polish Magnate Landowner Records: Bringing the Lords’ Jews to Life," recorded at the 2013 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Boston. If you are new to the Gesher Galicia website, or Galician research, you'll want to watch the tutorial video: “Using the New Gesher Galicia Website to Research Towns and Families,” which is an excellent primer on how to use all facets of our website by the woman who designed it. More videos coming soon. Enjoy!


I Remember Jewish Drohobycz with David Einsiedler

Drohobycz.mp4_snapshot_00.32_[2014.06.28_02.38.45] In this portrait of the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry, Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles founding member, and rabbinical scholar, the late David Einsiedler, born in Drohobycz in 1919, recounts the heart and soul of shtetl life between the two World Wars. Through personal reminiscences, both humorous and heart-wrenching, he leads us through the streets and into the homes and schools of this Galician town. David describes moving to Lvov, then to the university in Pisa, Italy, and on to America in the late 1930s as the threat of war looms over his beloved home and the lives of his loved ones. (Produced by Pamela Weisberger in 2005.)

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Gesher Galicia Spring Meeting 2014

GG-Spring-2014.mp4_snapshot_00.00.01_[2014.06.23_01.54.06] An update on Gesher Galicia's research projects and initiatives, website and All Galicia Database features, followed by a talk on the April 2013 trip taken by Gesher Galicia board member, John Diener, from Ottawa, Canada, and Gesher Galicia president, Pamela Weisberger to Austria, Poland and Ukraine to explore their mutual heritage and the resources available to genealogists. Join them as they visit the Staatsarchiv and the surveying (BEV) office housing Austrian cadastral maps in Vienna, the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, followed by a dinner with the great-great-grandson of Count Leonard Pininski, who once owned the town Pamela's grandfather and John's father were born in, then on to the Polish State Archives in Przemysl, and over the border to Ukraine, where they travel with Alex and Natalie Dunai to Lviv and Ternopil visiting archives and memorial sites of a vanished Jewish heritage.

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Interview with Shlomo Kahane

ShlomoKahane Shlomo Kahane, was born Salomon Kahane in 1923 in Grzymałów (Гримайлів, Hrymailiv, Grzymalow, Rimalev, רימאלאוו) a small town near Skalat, Ukraine, which was formerly Galicia, and then Poland. He left Grzymałów for Palestine with his parents when he was a teenager, but his other relatives stayed behind. (His uncle was David Kahane, and author of "Lwow Ghetto Diary," who was hidden by the Ukrainian archbishop of the Uniate Catholic Church in Lwow. Shlomo's father Pontiel Kahane was David's brother. Another uncle, Wolf Kahane, survived the war hiding in the forests near Grzymalow, and was the grandfather of Will Kahane who shot the documentary, "House Number Seven," about his return to Grzymalow in 1996.) Shlomo served in the British army and lives in Tel Aviv today. In this interview, conducted in January 2014, he recounts growing up in Grzymalow, life in nearby towns and villages, the tenor of shtetl life in the 1920s and immigration to British Mandate Palestine. This is the first video interview Shlomo has given. The interviewer was Zack Oryan Orasz and the videographer was Robby Berman. It is entirely in Hebrew, but Gesher Galicia plans to subtitle it in English soon.

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Polish Magnate Landowner Records: Bringing “The Lords’ Jews” to Life

the-lords-jews Magnate records are often unstudied, but hold great genealogical and historical value. This talk covers a brief history of Galicia, explaining the symbiotic nature of the Magnate-Jewish interrelationship, where Jews sustained the economic institutions, while magnates furnished an environment for Jews to conduct religious and commercial activities. Magnate records are held in the Central State Historical Archive in Lviv and the Stefanyk National Scientific Library. Learn how to identify the magnates who owned the towns where your ancestors resided and access their files, along with the structure and contents of their record collections. View examples of “Inventories” dating to the 1700s using patronymics, lists of Jewish residents and tax-payers, contracts and occupation lists and records in 1853-1858 documents of the Austrian Empire State Commission on the liquidation of serfdom. Discover Jewish Magnates! Your ”bubbe maises” about the great-grandfather who was a landowner (or even a Baron!) can be quite true.

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Using the New Gesher Galicia Website to Research Towns and Families

IAJGS Conference_master.mp4_snapshot_00.00.49_[2013.10.02_00.49.17] Come along on a tour of Gesher Galicia's newly relaunched website! A one-stop resource for people interested in researching their families and ancestral towns from the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, which is today split up between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine. The site features new content and resources for 400+ Galician towns and 2700+ Jewish Galician families. It also has nearly 100 searchable online articles and 50+ full PDF issues from almost two decades of "The Galitzianer", Gesher Galicia's long-running quarterly publication about Galician Jewish life. Learn about our searchable inventory page of 1700+ maps, landowner records, and tax records from Galician towns. And newly online is the Gesher Galicia Family Finder, enabling members who are logged into the website to access new features and connect with other researchers.

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About Gesher Galicia Videos: We offer videos of our international programs and IAJGS conference speakers, along with documentaries on Galician travel and research. We plan to include more oral histories and Shoah Foundation testimonies soon. If you have made a documentary or personal video with Galician content that you want to donate to our site so others can view it, please write with details to: info@geshergalicia.org

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!