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[email protected] Webinar: The Battle for Jewish Rights
October 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm$5 – $10
[email protected] WEBINAR: Joint Program by Gratz College and Gesher Galicia
The Battle for Jewish Rights
This year’s headlines about streets in turmoil, social justice and elections would sound familiar to those living in Europe in 1848. During that year’s political upheavals, Jews of the Austrian Empire hoped for liberal reforms and long-awaited emancipation. The battle for Jewish rights played out differently across the multiethnic empire. In Galicia, with the largest Jewish population in Austria, Jews joined civic petitions, wrote pamphlets and served in a citizen’s guard. New cultural choices and synagogue reforms also stirred conflicts in Jewish communities. Through images of exuberant crowds, political cartoons, and unique records we will discover Jewish voices from Vienna to Lemberg, speaking about their vision of a better future.
About the speaker: Andrew Zalewski
Andrew Zalewski is vice president of Gesher Galicia and a frequent speaker at meetings of Jewish genealogical societies and cultural and academic institutions in the US and abroad. His writings have focused on Jewish cultural transformation, modernizing impact of Jewish physicians, and Jewish political and legal rights in Galicia. Unique archival records—population surveys, maps, and old newspapers—provide the background for his in-depth description of Galicia.
He authored two books on Austrian Galicia: “Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family” and “Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots,” in which he traced the story of his ancestors in a historical context.
Zalewski is a former professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
About Gesher Galicia
Gesher Galicia is a nonprofit 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. We conduct educational research and publish a quarterly research journal, the Galitzianer.
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