Man muss alles auf dieser Welt durchleben – Lina Kostenko

Man muss alles auf dieser Welt durchleben

Und jedes Ende ist, im Grunde genommen, ein Neubeginn.

Und man soll im Voraus nicht wahrsagen,

und die Vergangenheit ist keine Träne wert. Continue reading

Wenn bis zu deinen Lippen ein halber Atemzug bleibt

Wenn bis zu deinen Lippen ein halber Atemzug bleibt,

Wenn bis zu deinen Lippen ein halber Schritt bleibt,

Deine Pupillen sind aus Erstaunen gewoben,

In deinen Augen so blau und weit. Continue reading

Mykola Amosov

Mykola Amosov

Mykola Amosov

“Conscience – my judge” was one of the slogans of Ukrainian surgeon Mykola Amosov. He started as an ordinary military surgeon during World War II.

Amosov always spoke the truth and he had a good sense of humor. To perform heart surgery, it must be done dry. During surgery, the heart has to be disconnected from the body which is then connected to a device to keep the blood pumping. Amosov with a group of researchers developed an artificial circulation device called an “artificial heart”. The longest the heart could be isconnected from the body using the device – 1 hour 44 min. Amosov traveled very much. In the US, he saw an artificial heart valve. He bought a nylon shirt to use as material for an artificial valve. Continue reading

Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Bohdan Khmelnytsky lived peacefully in the village of Subotiv. But once when Bohdan was not at home, his possessions were burned by Polish noblemen. The “Riot of Khmelnitsky” began a national liberation war of Ukrainian Cossacks against the Polish king. Khmelnitsky was the main enemy of Yarema Vyshnevetsky – a Polish nobleman. Yarema led the Polish army.

The biggest battle – near Zhovti Vody (Yellow Waters) – was in 1648. Khmelnitsky practiced new tactics – creating the illusion that he had a big Tatar army as his ally. He started an information war in the 17th century. Continue reading

Stepan Bandera

Monument to Stepan Bandera in L'viv

Monument to Stepan Bandera in L’viv

For some, Bandera – is a symbol of the struggle for an independent Ukraine, for others – a collaborator and criminal.

On June 15, 1934, Polish Minister, Bronisław Pieracki, was killed at a coffee shop in Warsaw. By the young Ukrainian nationalist, Gregory Maciejko “Honta”. The boy fled to Argentina and died 30 years later. The initiator and organizer was Stepan Bandera. It was not the first attack, but the first of this rank. According to Ukrainian nationalists, Bronisław Pieracki was guilty of pacification – policy of appeasement against Ukraine. Continue reading