Family Golash

    The Golash family name is very well know in the Berezhany region of Ukraine.  Members of
the Golash families bravely enlisted 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, the Bolsheviks,
Germans, Poles, all were trying to take a piece of this rich borderland (Ukraine) and to exploit the
Ukrainian people, as was the case for many hundreds of years before this. Members of the Golash
family who did not fight against the enemy, ended up being persecuted, killed off or sent off to
Siberian labor camps by simply having a connection with the Golash family name.

    Like so many other families throughout Ukraine who sacrificed all they had for the fight, to see
a free independent Ukraine, this 
history has many tragedies to tell as well as many triumphs.  Just
the thought of giving up one's life for a just cause is very hard 
to imagine, even today for so many

    We see this still happening today in far away places such as Chechnya, the Balkans, Trans-Dniester
These events are not affecting us or our families directly, but we should ponder and pray for
the souls of the heroes who were willing to sacrifice their lives too have the right to live freely in their
home country without any oppressors controlling their destiny. 

    Our fore fathers, the brave Ukrainian freedom fighters (UPA) sacrificed their lives so that we can
live in freedom, something so many of us take for granted today.  

    We shall never forget these sacrifices and we celebrate their eternal memory and their heroic
exploits that these brave freedom fighters had to persevere though, during the trying conditions of
the Second World War which was one of the most trying periods in Ukraine's history.

Salvia Ukraini, Slava Heroiam!

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