Mykhailo Shvab was born on February 19th, 1922 in the Velyki Luchky village of Mukachiv district in the plowman family. Mykhailo’s father worked at the coal mines in North America where he earned money to buy property and land. Meanwhile, Mykhailo’s mother Gafiya from Zozulia family was taking care of their household and children. Mykhailo Shvab completed six years of public schooling and another 4 years of civil schooling with Ukrainian literature and history being his favorite disciplines due to the patriotic sentiment of teachers who taught them.  He was involved with “Prosvita” where joined a theatre group. In 1932 he became a member of Plast and in 1937 was a troop leader in the troop named afterFedor Koriatovych in Velyki Luchky. He participated in Plast trips and camps in the Mukachevo region. After finishing school in 1937 he enrolled in the Mukachiv Trade Academy. In October 1937 he was a participant of All-Prosvita meeting in Uzhgorod where more than 30 000 Ukrainians from all around Transcarpathia were gathered. In November 1938 Trade Academy was moved to Svaliava. According to the Vienna arbitrage Uzhgorod, Berehove and Mukacheve became part of Hungary. His studies in the Academy lasted until March 14, 1939 when Hungary attacked Carpathian Ukraine. The majority of teachers and students emigrated to Slovakia. During the times of Hungarian occupation Mykhailo continued pursuing his education in Mukacheve. He participated in the secret OUN initiatives in Transcarpathian region that were led by Dmytro Bandusiak. In 1942 the Hungarian forces succeeded in a partial disclosure of the organization, and as a result most of its members were sentenced to different terms of punishment. Mykhailo was sentenced to 10 months of imprisonment. During the cruel interrogations prisoners were detained at the infamous torture chamber “Kovner” in Mukacheve. Later prisoners were allocated to different prisons throughout Hungary. After a while prisoner Mykhailo Shvab was called to the army. However, due to the protests and situation on the front line Mykhailo came back to Mukacheve and continued his studies in the Academy from which he graduated in 1944. After the graduation he started working at the agricultural company “Latorytsia” where he worked as a senior accountant. In the summer of that year Mykailo and many other young Ukrainians from Transcarpathia were called to the army again. This time they had to serve in a work battalion to build the military fortifications in Austria. This service ended for Mykhailo on April 1st of 1945 when Austria was occupied by the Soviet army. He and his companions had to walk to their homes on their feet. On their way they got into the Soviet camp for prisoners of war where they were forced to build and recondition the train cars that would bring the repatriated “Soviet citizens” from Europe. Later, they were working at the “Transit point” in Austria and in the autumn all Ukrainians from Transcarpathia were finally sent home.  Mykhailo started working as an accountant at home in “Zahotzerno” in Mukacheve. He worked there till June 1946 until he was arrested in the case of chief baker that was suspected in stealing flour. The baker slandered several other innocent people including Mykhailo Shvab. He was sentenced to ten years of imprisonment and 3 years of rights deprivation by the Army tribunal. In the end of 1946 he was sent to Komi ASSR through Lviv transit prison №25. He served his sentence in small town Ukhta. Mykhailo served 7 years of punishment working as a logger, then as an accountant and technician of ceramics at the brick factory. After the 1954’s amnesty he returned home. He joined Transcarpathian unification of political prisoners and repressed people, became a social activist and senior of Plast. Till the end of his days he lived in Uzhgorod where he passed away on April 8th 2013. 

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