Galicia no longer exists, not on any maps, no lands and no people, it vanished in 1918 and for the next 30 years the area was fought over, exchanged hands, borders, governments, many people lost their homes, many more were murdered. All that is left, is what the history books offer us, photographs, art, antiques and old family stories.
My great-grandfather was a Galician man, Polish Galician and Roman Catholic. His son, my grandfather was Polish, although he spent the last years of childhood in France and the remainder of his life in England.
What were Galician men like?
In 1880, an article was written offering an insight into what Galician men were like, for me, the article seems a little bias even though the article was written by a Krakow teacher and likely Galician himself, Krakow off cause was a part of Galicia.
by Bronislaw Gustawicz c.1880
This is a translation of excerpts from an article written by Bronislaw Gustawicz for the gazetteer Slownik
The Galician people, Polish and Ruthenian, are generally well-proportioned, robust, handsome, with engaging facial features and indefatigable strength and endurance. The Galician is characterized by a clear, healthy, inborn intelligence and circumspect courage. By nature possessing more good than evil inclinations when not subjected to depraving influences, he is religious, loyal, obliging, and hospitable. He is attracted to those who have treated him well and knows how to be grateful, but is, on the other hand, rarely vengeful. These good qualities are tarnished by sloth, indolence, a lack of liking for and persistence in work, a lack of education, and the often nasty habit of drunkenness. He only works as much as he must