As much as I talk (and have written) about my paternal grandparents, who were both born in Germany, I do have an entire maternal ancestry! And this background represents another strand of Jewish history: Eastern European.
For as long as she lived, my maternal grandmother claimed to have been born “in Vienna.” She came to this country at the age of seven, shortly after World War I.
To the extent that genealogical research (undertaken by me and by one of my mother’s cousins) has revealed anything, it has suggested that she was not born in Vienna. Rather, the family came from a small town in that territory known as Galicia.
Which is an area I can now learn much more about, thanks to the online edition of the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.
I’m sure I’ll be turning to this wonderful new resource again and again. Meantime, if you, too, would like to know more about Galicia, just click here!