Dr. John J. Hartman - Executive Director
Dr. Hartman is a Clinical Associate Professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the
University of South Florida in Tampa. He was formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in
the department of Psychiatry and Research Associate at the Center for Russian and European
Studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hartman received his undergraduate degree from Harvard
College summa cum laude in Social Relations and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Hartman has taught an undergraduate course at U of M on the psychology of ethnic conflict in
Eastern Europe, an outgrowth of his published work on group psychology, anti-Semitism, and
terrorism. He is the author of I Remember Every Day... the fates of the Jews of Przemyśl during World Two.
David R. Semmel - Treasurer
Mr. Semmel is a former software entrepeneur and General Partner in several Venture and Hedge Funds.
He is the creator of the site JewishPrzemysl.com -
An Inventory of the Przemysl Cemetery - as well as
the proprietor of The Jewish Przemyśl Blog
- Sons and daughters of Jewish Przemyśl, researching and remembering 700 years of Jewish
life in our town. He is the author of The 11th of Av,
a novel of love, death, and dreams set in Przemyśl at the dawn of The Great War.
Marla Raucher Osborn
Marla Raucher Osborn is a former California attorney and founder and program manager
for Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, which leads heritage preservation and education projects
to re-connect the history of Rohatyn’s now-lost Jewish community with the people and
places of the modern Ukrainian town. Marla has served on the Board of Gesher Galicia
and is today an advisor to the Board on matters of Jewish heritage. She also serves
on the Board of Living Stones Association, a new organization founded
in Zurich which seeks to restore Jewish cemeteries in Bessarabia. For the last 20 months
Marla has been working in Warsaw at the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage
in Poland (FODZ), a Polish institution that holds, cares for, and preserves surviving sites
of prewar Jewish physical heritage in Poland. An avid family historian since her early teens,
Marla has written for many genealogy and heritage publications, and has lectured at schools,
meetings, and conferences in the US, Israel, Ukraine, and Europe. For
2017 Marla and her husband will be based in Lviv.
Dr. Thaddeus C. Radzilowski
Dr. Radzilowski is an award-winning Polish-American historian, scholar, author, professor and co-founder of the Piast
Institute, a national institute for Polish and Polish-American affairs. Dr. Radzilowski's work has focused on Poland
and other Central and Eastern European nations, including Russia. He has written extensively on the histories of these
regions as well as the migration of peoples from Central and Eastern Europe, with special emphasis on social history
and historiography. He has lectured widely in Europe and North America and has published more than 100 monographs,
edited collections, journal articles, book chapters and scholarly papers. In 1999, the President of Poland presented
Dr. Radzilowski with the country’s high civil honor of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for distinguished
contributions to the dissemination of Polish culture in the world.
Our Honorary Directors
- Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security
Advisor to President Carter and now the Director of the
Center for Strategic and International Studies.
- Henry S. Landau (Of Blessed Memory) was a survivor
of the Shoah from Western Poland. He came to the
United States after the war and became one of the leading residential builders
in Southeast Michigan. He died in 2003.
- Dr. Nancy Blackmun , a psychoanalyst from
- Dr. Jan Karski (Of Blessed Memory) Courier of the
Polish underground who first reported the
death camps to the West. Former Professor of
International Studies, Georgetown University.
- Dr. Jacek Krochmal , historian at the Polish National
Archives in Warsaw and author of two
books on Jews in Poland.
- Gershon Meister (Of Blessed Memory) Native of Poland, Holocaust survivor,
and President of the Przemyśl
Landsmannschaften in the United States.
- Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Rabbi for the Jewish
community of Poland.