Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet is a lovely book -- and in half a century of reviwing, that's an adjective I've never used before. I loved the book because Megan Buskey's youth as a Ukranian-American was so like mine as a first generation Irish-American, and because her family's experience as part of Soviet Russia was so like that of the Polish girl I chased through England, France, and Italy in 1955. Ms Buskey seems quite unaware that what she calls "western Ukraine" was for much of history eastern Poland. Her family came from Staryava, which is actually west of the city of Lviv, which Basia Deszberg knew as Lwow, a vibrant Polish city. And just as the Deszberg women were exiled to Soviet Kazakhstan in 1940, so were Megan's mother and grandparents judged politically unreliable in 1947 and deported to Gulag labor in a Siberian coalmine. (Basia was comparatively lucky. Her sojourn in the Soviet Union lasted only two years, while the Mazur family had to stick it out for 20 before they were allowed to emigrate to America.) Read more on the Warbird's Book Club
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