Panko Popovych was born on September 14, 1927 in Velykyi Bychkiv, Pidkarpatska Rus. He grew up in the peasants’ family. His father, Vasyl Popovych, was a chairman of the village for more than 10 years. Panko studied in the public school of Velykyi Bychkiv. Avgustyn Sheregiy was the principal of that school at that time. Panko witnessed the events that took place in Carpathian Ukraine in 1939. He was conscripted to Red Army in 1945 and after an injury was placed into the Czech legion of general Svoboda. Upon returning from the war he studied at Lviv Automobile technical school. Afterwards he worked as a logger in Siberia. In the early 60s he entered the Ivano-Frankivsk Institute of Oil and Gas. Panko worked as a professor at this institute, where he also received a Ph.D. In 1991 Panko Popovych initiated the exhumation and reinternment of those Ukrainian-Galicians who were executed in 1939 by the Hungarian gendarmes.  Panko Popovych passed away in January 2012 and was buried in Velykyi Bychkiv. 

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