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 (August, 2006) ·

The Meisters: Lost and Found

by Joan Meister

My husband, Julius Meister, born in Katowice, Poland in 1935, is a child Holocaust survivor who lost both parents during the war. From time to time Julius would speak of his experiences in a factual manner but minimized the associated feelings. When the Shoah Foundation was collecting survivor stories, he felt emotionally unable to give testimony. While maintaining close ties to surviving family members from his mother’s side, he was always keenly aware that he was missing half of his identity. Relatives told him that all the Meisters had perished and were unable to provide any information about the family. Sadly, Julius has no memory of his father.

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Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization carrying out Jewish genealogical and historical research on Galicia, formerly a province of Austria-Hungary and today divided between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine. The research work includes the indexing of archival vital records and census books, Holocaust-period records, Josephine and Franciscan cadastral surveys, lists of Jewish taxpayers, and records of Galician medical students and doctors - all added to our searchable online database. In addition, we reproduce regional and cadastral maps for our online Map Room. We conduct educational research and publish a quarterly research journal, the Galitzianer.

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