Galicia and Bukovina Project
From 2008-2011, the Nevzlin Center organized a comprehensive, international research project devoted to the history and culture of Jews in Galicia and Bukovina. The shifting of national boundaries during the 19th and 20th centuries meant that the research was conducted in today's Ukraine, Poland and Romania. Initiated by a private donor, and leaded by Dr. Semion Goldin and Dr. Vladimir Levin, the project Jewish History in Galicia and Bukovina was designed to preserve the history of the once-thriving Jewish world in Galicia and Bukovina.
The goal of the project was to preserve historical documents and vestiges of Jewish material culture in Galicia and Bukovina before these records and objects disappear. The project aims to make these materials available worldwide through the Internet; the intended audiences are the growing global community of researchers and the general public with an interest in this region.
The main research activity of the project thus far was three summer research expeditions (leaded by Dr. Boris Khaimovich) to sites of former Jewish life in Galicia and Bukovina. The Nevzlin Center organized the first expedition (together with local partners in Russia and Ukraine) in the summer of 2009. This inaugural mission documented the Jewish cemetery in Solotvin, situated in the Ivano-Frankovsk district of Ukraine. Two subsequent summer expeditions to the region in 2010 and 2011 collected vast amounts of material.
The main product of the expeditions and other research efforts to date has been the creation of an Internet-based database, featured on the website http://jgaliciabukovina.net/. The database includes the scholarly reconstruction of Jewish cemeteries, historic archival documents from state authorities and the local communities, as well as scanned copies of local newspapers.
Beginning in mid-2011, the project has been administered by an independent non-profit association, “Jewish Galicia and Bukovina”.