Surprising details about Jewish medical globetrotters will be brought to light through newly uncovered records. In the early period, when other European medical schools barred Jewish men, aspiring physicians from Galicia, Lithuania, and elsewhere ventured to Padua University to study medicine. From the end of the 18th century onwards, Jews from Galicia attended universities in the Habsburg Empire. Jewish medics influenced Galician life far beyond their profession, serving as mediators between their communities and non-Jewish neighbors advocating religious and civic reforms, and publishing material that challenged stereotypes. At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish women were at the forefront of a newly won access to university education The presentation will be illustrated by unique archival documents and old maps acquired by Gesher Galicia. You don’t have to have medical practitioners among your ancestors to find this topic of interest, and helpful in your family research.
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Zalewski is a former professor of medicine at Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He is a board member of Gesher Galicia and past editor of its research journal, The Galitzianer. Dr. Zalewski is a frequent speaker at meetings of Jewish genealogical societies and cultural and academic institutions, and has authored two books on Austrian Galicia: Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family and Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots.
1:00 PM: Schmooze and Maven Tables
1:30 PM: Meeting and Speaker
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