About displaced persons and two islands: Remembering my father on Father’s Day, by Askold S. Lozynskyj

About displaced persons and two islands: Remembering my father on Father’s Day, by Askold S. Lozynskyj


Since my father did not openly declare his affiliation to the OUN because this was an underground organization, there was a suspicion in our family that someone had passed on this information. Or maybe not, because my father’s activities as a nationalist were quite obvious. He had three arrests for OUN activities under Poland and one with a long prison and camp term under the Germans. My father never learned the full truth about the detention of his family. Only later did it become clear that the reason for the detention was his membership in the OUN.

There were seven Ukrainian organizations or institutions on this list: Office for Ukrainian Affairs in Germany, Ukrainian Youth Committee (KUM), Ukrainian Military Association (UWO), Ukrainian National Association (OUN), Ukrainian Aid Committee, the 14th Galician Waffen SS Division (Divisia Halychyna), agents and members of the Ukrainian Intelligence Service. The names are set forth as primitively as the list was compiled.

A review of several documents of specific persons to whom the Commission refused a visa to the USA indicates the spread of this list: for membership in the Bandera party, for the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, for membership in the UPA intelligence, for membership in SUM — the Bandera terrorist group organization, again OUN, again SUM, Bandera, “Halychyna” Division, the Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council.

A document from December 1, 1950 describes the OUN:

In such a promiscuous and hostile atmosphere, on the basis of Soviet influence and sources, it is difficult to explain at all how the Lozynskyj family managed to free themselves from Ellis Island and come to Manhattan Island on Seventh street to their sponsor. My father suspected that the fact that my father he was liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp by American forces had a plausible positive impact on the final decision. My father probably didn’t have documentation of his internment by the Nazis, but his left arm probably provided evidence, since there was the forever inscribed prisoner number, which the German guards wrote with a needle and ink on the prisoners’ arm. This number became the passport for the Lozynskyj family to America.

The great friendship between the foreign policy hapless or at least feckless American President Franklin Roosevelt and the murderous Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin had lasting effect.

In addition, the American side was infiltrated by American communists, many of whom served the USSR as agents in America.

Jews, who were the most affected victims during the war with the Germans, but also made up the vast majority of communists in the USA and had great influence in the USA, did not help either since they sought to bring into America as many Holocaust survivors as possible at the cost of Eastern Europeans.

Such were the times that it took much longer for the Americans to gain some sense as to what Russians were, and were to remain like, as well as their mantra of lasting empire by oppression of other nations. There has been much progress in this regard, owing to the efforts of the Ukrainian political diaspora, as well as independent, democratic, tolerant, diverse and, above all, indomitable Ukraine, which has shown the world much during its thirty years of existence. Unfortunately, people like my father and many of his generation did not live to see this, but their great merits in this direction are undeniable. I would be remiss if I failed to remember my father and his generation of Ukrainians on this Father’s Day.

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