The Golash family name is very well know in the Berezhany
region of Ukraine. Members of the Golash families bravely
and fought for it's country so that Ukraine could break away from it's
many oppressors. They partook in the UPA
(Ukrainian Insurgent Army), as well as enlisting with the Divisia
Halychyna. During this adverse period in Ukraine's history,
Bolsheviks, Germans, Poles, all were trying to take a piece of this
borderland (Ukraine) and to exploit the Ukrainian people, as was the
fore many hundreds of years before. Members of the Golash family who
not fight against the enemy, ended up being persecuted, killed off or
off to Siberian labor camps by having connection with the Golash family
Like so many other families throughout Ukraine who sacrificed all they
had for the fight, to see a free independent Ukraine, this
has many tragedies to tell as well as many triumphs. Just the
of giving up one's life for a just cause is very hard
imagine, even today for so many people.
We see this still happening today in far away places such as Chechnya,
the Balkans, Trans-Dniester region. These events are not
us or our families directly, but we should ponder and pray for the
of the heroes who were willing to sacrifice their lives too have the
to live freely in their home country without any oppressors controlling
Our fore fathers, the brave Ukrainian freedom fighters (UPA) sacrificed
their lives so that we can live in freedom, something so many of us
for granted today.
We shall never forget these sacrifices and we celebrate their eternal
and their heroic exploits that these brave freedom fighters had to
though, during the trying conditions of the Second World War which was
one of the most trying periods in Ukraine's history.
Ukraini, Slava Heroiam!
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