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Ukrainian-American Sgt. Michael Strank was 1 of 6 Marines who raised flag on Mt....

" Michael Strank (November 10, 1919 – March 1, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps sergeant who was killed...

Kiev’s Independence Square (Maidan) as seen by John Steinbeck after WW2, 1947

“We tried to read a little of the plane, and promptly went to sleep. And when we were awakened,...

Meeting at the Elbe: Lt. William Robertson (U.S. Army) and Lt. Alexander Silvashko (First...

Silvashko went to the front in the Cherkassy Region of Ukraine, where he was born in the village of...

John Steinbeck depicts Kiev after WW2

“War is no new thing to Kiev. Starting with the raids of the savages from Tartary, it has been a...

John Steinbeck depicts Ukrainians and their difference from Russians

Different looks, heartiness “Everyone had told us it would be different once we got outside of...

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and central Kiev were blown up by the Soviet sappers

John Steinbeck was deceived – the fact is that Kiev was blown up by the Soviets on September 24-28,...

John Steinbeck describes the ruins of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, St. Sophia and sarcophagus of Yaroslav...

"We went from this little plaster city, so new that it has not even been built yet, to the...

John Steinbeck describes post-WW2 Ukraine. (1947 Kiev trip)

Excerpts are from “A Russian Journal” written by John Steinbeck after his trip with a famous war photographer Robert...

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