Mykola Savchuk was born on February 23, 1927 in the town of Velykyi Bychkiv, Pidkarpatska Rus in the family of the farmer Vasyl Savchuk and Mariya from the Gyrlan family. In 1938 Mykola started attending a public school. However, his studies were interrupted by the Hungarian occupation in March 1939. Mykola Savchuk remembers these times of WWII, the campaign of Hungarian troops to the war as well as their withdrawal three years later followed by the attack of the Soviet Union. In autumn of 1944 Mykola was called to serve in the Red army and after one month of training he was sent to the front line in Slovakia. Mykola was appointed a machine gunner in the first outlet of the second platoon of tenth squadron of the third battalion 57th regiment of the 351st Division of Shepetivka. He was severely wounded during the attack on German forces near Koshycia city. In this battle almost all personnel perished because most of them were young and untrained. After a long treatment of the sniper shot in the chest, Mykola came home on July 20, 1945. Out of more than 300 young men that were called to the Red Army from Velykyi Bychkiv village only less than 200 came back from the front line in fall of 1944. After demobilization Mykola finished his studies at the evening school. After the war he was a witness of forced collectivization, terror of Ministry of State Security of the USSR and “sovietization” of Transcarpathia. In 1953 he finished Kolomyia’s pedagogical institute and worked as a teacher in the local school. Nowadays, Mykola Savchuk is a social activist, sings in the church choir and lives in Velykyo Bychkiv.

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