Mirko talks more about his expressionist art, teaching, human rights activism, charitable fund raising, traveling to Ukrainian Soviet Union and Moscow during the last years of the Cold War. His Ukrainian Rochester Collection is moved from Brockport University to a permanent home at the University of Rochester. He retires as president of the Ukrainian Federal Credit Union. He starts his Ukrainian Library. He talks more about the 1964 race riots in NY. His first marriage and divorce. Eastern European celebrities entertaining and entertained at the Pylyshenko farm.
LIFE STORIES Archive Emma Smalley
Miss Emma talks about her life in Georgia and then in Florida, the tragic death of her father when she was very young, asthma, her very young brother’s tapeworms, school in Georgia, her marriage at age 17, alcoholic husband, divorce, moving to New York, and the race riots in Rochester NY.
Life Stories Archive
Pylyshenko, Wolodymyr “Mirko” #2
The second documentary of Mirko Pylyshenko. He talks about coming to the U.S. at age 15, what the Ukrainian community in New York was like, his first jobs, lifeguarding, his art, teaching, human rights activism and traveling to the Ukraine each year during the Cold War and then during Glasnost and after the fall of the Soviet Union. Many artists of all types from the Ukraine and the Eastern Block countries during the Cold War visited his farm. Also the president of the newly independent country of Ukraine in the early nineties visited. He talks about his difficulties with both the KGB and the CIA & FBI, once having to flee into Finland from Ukraine. With Glasnost and then the fall of the Soviet Union, he becomes recognized for his human rights efforts by both the outgoing president Carter and incoming president Reagan.
Fay talks about her young years in Poland, fleeing the Nazis by crossing the border into the Soviet Union, her father ends up in a Siberian labor camp and she and her brother are separated from their mother when American planes bomb the train cars; after being stuffed into train cars, they are thrown from the window to save their lives. On the streets in Kazakhstan, nine year old Fay is arrested for selling cigarettes for food. She and her brother are tortured in the orphanage because they are Jews. After being reunited with her mother, they move back to Poland after WWII where Jews are being persecuted and murdered by the Polish state. They come to the United States. Later her father is released from Siberia after Stalin’s death and he comes to the United States, continuing his writing and becoming a celebrated Yiddish writer. Pastor Orgazaly reads excerpts from “My Yesterdays,” titled, “He was ashamed to be naked” and “Someday when you see my wife.”