Galicia: Encyclopedia Lekhakhmei Galicia (Encyclopedia of Galician
Sages) contains extensively detailed genealogies of
Galician rabbinical families, arranged alphabetically by surname
according to the Hebrew alphabet. Most
family sections include a genealogical chart. For prominent rabbis of
each family biographical material is included, in particular, rabbinical
compositions, responsa correspondence, and photographs. Updated
information concerning current generations is included. Many sources are quoted for each family
as well as extensive bibliography. This impressive and scholarly work is
one of the most extensive and reliable sources of rabbinical genealogy written
in the twentieth century.
A Galician Chassidic Jew wearing a traditional
long black coat and shtreimel (a round fur-trimmed hat of
sable or mink, worn by Chassidim on Shabbos, Yom Tov, and other
The author, Rabbi Meir Wunder, is chairman of the Institute for the
Commemoration of Galician Jewry, whose aim is to perpetuate the heritage
of Galician Jewry through the collection, preservation, and classification
of documented material gleaned from libraries, archives, private
collections, and interviews. The Institute's main achievement is the
published five-volume Meorei Galicia.
It is important to note that Wunder did not exhaust all possible variant spellings
of surnames transliterated in the indexes to the five
volumes. While perusing the surname index, the reader should keep in
mind that some surname spellings are not those most commonly known. The
following table shows some examples.
Surnames in Indexes to Meorei
Common Variation(s) or Spellings
|Frish (and other
surnames beginning with Frish)
||Frisch (and other
surnames beginning with Frisch)
Cities and Towns
Galicia formed part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, Galicia is divided between southern Poland and western Ukraine.
Some of the larger cities and towns in
this region include:
Krakow (Cracow), Poland
For a list of 324 cities and towns referenced, see Towns
in Indexes to Meorei Galicia.
Przemysl (Pshemishl), Poland
Brody (Brod, Prode), Ukraine
Drogobych (Drohobicz), Ukraine
Kolomyya (Kolomea), Ukraine
Ivano-Frankivsk (Stanislawow), Ukraine
Lviv (Lwow, Lemberg, Leopol), Ukraine
Ternipol (Tarnopol), Ukraine
The contributions of the following individuals are
very gratefully acknowledged.
- Rabbi Meir Wunder, for permission to reprint material from Meorei Galicia.
- Chaim Freedman, for the description of Meorei Galicia.
- Judy Wolkovitch, for proofreading the list of surnames.
- Dr. Neil Rosenstein, Ilan Ganot, and Edward Goldstein for their assistance.