NORTH PORT — Maria Myroslava Tanczak-Dycio was born in the tiny village of Rybnyky in the western part of Ukraine. It was an idyllic setting. She had a happy childhood. After her father and mother had wed, he became a Catholic priest, which was permitted by the Ukrainian Church. The future looked promising.
All that happiness was shattered on Sept. 1, 1939, as the Nazi Blitzkrieg stormed across Poland, conquering that country in a mere six weeks. For the next six years, she and her family underwent countless horrors under communism and fascism, but managed to survive the ordeal.
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