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Jewish Physicians from Galicia: Trailblazers and Rebels

6:30 pm, 03 May 2017

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Andrew Zalewski

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Wednesday May 3rd
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THIS EVENT IS KINDLY SPONSORED BY GESHER GALICIA

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JEWISH PHYSICIANS IN GALICIA played a unique role in their communities. At first, they ventured to Italy to receive university education, gaining a broad social experience. With the Enlightenment taking hold in the Habsburg realm, they studied in Lemberg and Kraków, and also in Vienna and Pest. The nineteenth-century Jewish doctors embraced new cultural identities-their literary talents in German, Hebrew, and later in Polish, were noted at home and abroad. They embodied Galician Haskalah, advocating religious and civic reforms. In the period of Austrian Galicia (1772-1918), Jewish medical professionals (men and later women) were harbingers of the emancipatory changes. The talk will challenge stereotypes and probe internal debates in the Jewish community, with cultural trailblazers and rebels revealed.

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A former Professor of Medicine at Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Andrew Zalewski has long been interested in the history of Austrian Galicia (1772-1918) and its Jewish community. He is the author of two books: Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family and Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots. Andrew serves on the Board of Directors of Gesher Galicia, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the research of Jewish genealogy in the former Galicia. He is also Executive Editor of the Galitzianer, the quarterly research journal.

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Refreshments from 6.30pm in the Gavin de Beer room

Lecture 7pm in the J.Z. Young lecture theatre

Anatomy and Medical Sciences Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

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