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  • Homeland Visits

  • 1980
    Dymitr Szach


  • 2001
    Maryann Dubowchik Bacsik/
    Mary Yurkosky Dubowchik


  • 2001
    William Morrison


  • 2003-2004 Andrew J. Smith

  • 2004
    Carol Morrison


  • In Ukraine, we stayed in Uzhorod, the site of one of the "union" which changed the primacy of the Rusyn people's religion from Constantinople to Rome. This part of the journey, beginning with the border entrance into Ukraine, was far more challenging than our Slovakian and Polish stays. Grayer, grimmer, with an 80% unemployment rate, Uzhorod, with its crumbling Communist-era buildings, reflected a legacy of repression and corruption. It had the same impressive elements of the other cities we visited: historic castles, cathedrals, concert halls and museums-- but as yet had been unable to adequately maintain this heritage. A side trip to Muchevo gave a glimpse of another Ukrainian city emerging from a shared Communist legacy.

    Here, it was far more problematic for people attempting to find family, as trip participants found that unreliable cars, poorly maintained roads and absence of signage-- in any language-- greatly complicated travel. It was the hope of our heritage tour visitors that the Ukrainian-Rusyn people would be able in the future to build a country of increased prosperity and comfort. [Back]   [Slovakia]   [Poland]






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