The Jewish-occupied region in Europe, known as Galicia, had been under Austrian, Polish and Soviet rule over the centuries.
Galicia is generally the eastern half of the former Austrian province of Galacia (Galizien). This eastern portion was predominately Jewish, while the western part was more Polish.
During the Austrian period (1772-1918) it was known as East Galicia (Ost-Galizien, Skhidna Halychyna and Galicja Wschodnia).
The term Galicia and Galacia is often interchanged. For purposes on this web site, the spelling for Galicia is for the European pronounciaton and Galacia for the Spanish locale.
The Galacia region in Spain shares a similar name. The only connection may be that the decendants of Spanish Galacia renamed their new homeland in the Austria-region as Galicia.
Included on this page are collections of links that are relevant to tourism and genealogy in Galicia. Resources courtesy of Robert Zucker, a Galician descendent.
History of Galicia and historical records online
Bolechow (in German and Polish), ("Bolekhov" in Yiddish), ("Bolekhiv" in Ukranian), (other spellings: Boletrov, Bolihov, Bolechov) is southeast of Lemberg (L'viv), a mecca for Jews in the area. Several books references to Bolechow, Lemberg and Galicia are found below. Lattitude/Longitude: 49°04´/23°52´
Traveling to Bolechov:
History and Research:
Jewish History in Galicia and Bukovina. Photographs of Bolechow were made by Dr. Vladimir Levin in August 2009, during the expedition to the Ivano-Frankivsk region. http://www.jewishgalicia.net/Gallery/Bolechow.aspx
Bolechov Research Summary from jewishgen.org. Photos, map, research and related links: http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Bolekhov/index.htm
Surnames of residents of Bolechow and Galicia, (FEEHS database)
Warsaw Voice: buses made in Bolechow 1/14/96
Deportations to Belzec with mention of Bolechow
Cemetary Project of JewishGen listing and description of Bolekhov
Bolechov Jewish Cemetaries http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Bolekhov/cemetary-1.htm
Smon Wisenthal Center Info on Belochov: http://motlc.learningcenter.wiesenthal.org/text/x03/xm0397.html
A Krakow Zucker Family Tree: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/Krakow/Families/Zucker.html
Yizkor Books on Bolechow
Yizkor Books in the Holocaust Center of Northern California
Memorial book of the martyrs of Bolechow Bolekhov (Bolechów), Ukraine, Translation of Sefer ha-zikaron le-kedoshei Bolechow. Edited by: Y. Eshel. Published by the Association of Former Residents of Bolechow in Israel, 1957
The Miriam Weiner Roads to Roots Fondation database http://www.rtrfoundation.org/
Books on Bolechow:
The Ivano-Frankivsk region is situated in the southwest of Ukraine on the border of two natural geographical areas: East-European Plain and Ukrainian Carpathian. The region borders on the Lviv, Ternopil, Chernivtsi and Zacarpattia regions, Republic of Romania. From Ivano-Frankivsk Facts and Figures: http://www.ukrainebiz.com/Articles/IvanoFacts.htm
Encylopedia of Ukraine: Bolekhiv http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/mapsDisplay.asp?linkpath=IV-4z.jpg&varName=Bolekhiv&varLeft=38&varTop=93&Obl=Ivano-Frankivske
Ukraine GenWeb: Ivano-Frankivs'ka Oblast Church and Civil Records locations: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrwgw/ivano/ivanorecords.htm