By Diane Gee, The Wild Wild Left
SPECIAL CORESPONDENT TO THE GREANVILLE POST
Veterans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) a fascist, ultranationalist formation, hold portrait of Stepan Bandera.
Three interactions, two from the belly of the Ukraine, one from a recent immigrant to the US. This is the story from their perspectives.
Irina: “Ukraine is for Ukrainian only. I am from there, I know how all those others ruin everything…”
“I liked Irina. Nearly every Wednesday of the year, I stop in the CVS drugstore to pick up prescriptions and sundries in Ann Arbor for my elderly friends who live nearby. She is always sweet and funny, her Ukrainian accent sounding like home to me, having a Father for whom English was a second language to his native Polish. His people were from the far eastern part of Poland; their dialect so close to Ukrainian that his brother bought a cottage in the exclusive Ukrainian community at Lake Dibrova in Brighton Michigan and it was years before they found out we all weren’t really Ukes. Continue reading »