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  • Collection: Ukrainian Oral History

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Adrianna Watson is a college student majoring in Law and is a second generation Ukrainian immigrant who was born in Johnson City. She lives in the Southern Tier of New York with her large, extended family. 


Anastasiya Lyubas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University. She is originally from Lviv, Western Ukraine. After graduation, she wants to teach in Europe.


Ann B. Czebiniak is a first generation Ukrainian American who was born in Johnson City, NY, and worked for IBM. She is not married but has a large extended family.She is a member of Ukrainian Catholic Church and resides in the Southern Tier with her family.


Anna Lewkowicz was born in Ukraine. She first went to Germany where she worked in a forced labor camp for five years. Her sister, who was in the United States, obtained the proper papers to have her come to the United States. She is married, has two children and lives in the Southern Tier with her family.


David Sanyshyn is a retired engineer and is a third generation Ukrainian immigrant who was born in the Binghamton area. He is a Vietnam War veteran, having served two terms in the Navy, and is active in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. He met his wife, a second generation Ukrainian, in the United States. They have 3 children together, and 4 grandchildren and reside in Binghamton.


Dennis A. Kalashnik is a Russian-Ukrainian Immigrant and business owner. He was born in Krasnodar Krai, Russia and came to the States in 1991 when he was four years old. Both of his parents are Ukrainian. He is currently married and resides in Endwell.


Geraldine Czebiniak is a Ukrainian immigrant who left Ukraine at the age of seven during the Second World War. She went to Germany with her family and stayed in a camp for displaced people. She migrated to the United States when she was 13 years old. She is currently a member of Sacred Hearth Orthodox Church and resides in Binghamton with her family.


Irina Kirichuk was born in Kurganinsk, Russia and moved to Ukraine when she was 3. She is of Russian, Ukrainian, and Armenian ancestry.  She is hearing impaired. She came to the United States in 1993, works as a hairstylist, and lives with her family in Binghamton.


Father Ivan Synevsky was born in Western Ukraine region in 1982. He lived in the Ukraine until 2001, when he moved to Canada. He lived in Canada for six years, then got married in the United States, in 2007.He attended Holy Cross Greek Theological School in Boston from 2008 to 2010. Then was ordained in 2010 in Rhode Island. He had a parish in New Jersey for two years and in 2012, he was transferred to the local parish. He resides in Johnson City with his wife and three children.


Julia Kiosse was the daughter of a Russian native and a native Moldovan. She immigrated to the United States in 1998 with her daughter, but without her husband as he could not get the proper documents in time. She lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn for one year before she moved back to Moldova to be with her husband. She moved with her family to the United States in 2000 and settled in Brooklyn.

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