Vasyl Ivanovyč Martynjuk

* 1932  

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Vasyl Ivanovyč Martynjuk
Vasyl Ivanovyč Martynjuk
photo: Archiv Vasyla Ivanovyče

Vasyl Ivanovych Martynyuk was born on the 18th of February in 1932 in the Pidluzhzhya settlement near Dubno in the Rivne region, then in Poland. In his birthplace, he lived through both the Soviet (1939–1941) and the Nazi (1941–1944) occupation of Ukraine. In 1944, he was sent to Germany for forced labour. He returned in 1946 and joined the Ukrainian Insurgent Army where he served as a courier. Owning to good luck and help of his family, he avoided arrest. For all his life, he worked in a kolkhoz [agricultural co-op]. At the time of recording (2020), the witness lived in his birthplace, Pidluzhzhya, in Western Ukraine.