Vincent Zhuk-Hryshkevich

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Dr. Vincent Žuk-Hryškievič
President of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic in exile
In office
May 1970 – November 1980
Preceded by Mikoła Abramčyk
Succeeded by Jazep Sažyč
Personal details
Born (1903-02-10)February 10, 1903
Budslaŭ, Russian Empire
Died February 14, 1989(1989-02-14) (aged 86)
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Raisa Žuk-Hryškievič
Alma mater Charles University in Prague, University of Ottawa
Profession Scientist, historian, lecturer
Religion Roman Catholic

Vincent Zhuk-Hryshkevich (Belarusian: Вінцэнт Жук-Грышкевіч, Łacinka: Vincent Žuk-Hryškievič; February 10, 1903, Budslaŭ — February 14, 1989, Barrie, Ontario, Canada) was a Belarusian emigre politician.

Vincent Zhuk-Hryshkevich studied at a Belarusian gymnasium in Budsłaŭ and then, after the gymnasium's closure, in the Belarusian Gymnasium of Vilnia from which he graduated in 1922.

He graduated from the Charles University in Prague in 1926 and worked in 1927-1939 as a teacher in the Belarusian Gymnasium of Vilnia, parallelly taking active part in Belarusian activities in West Belarus.

In late September 1939, after the Soviet invasion of Poland, Vincent Žuk-Hryškievič was arrested by the Soviets and sent to the Gulag concentration camps.

In 1942 he was set free as a Polish citizen and fought in the Anders Army.

After the war, since 1950, Žuk-Hryškievič lived in Canada and actively participated in Belarusian activities in North America. For a period of two years he moved to Munich, West Germany, at the invitation of President Mikoła Abramčyk. Here he established and managed the Belarusian section of Radio Liberty. He made the first broadcast to his homeland on May 20, 1954, and remained with the programme until April 1956 when he returned to Toronto.

He was president of the Belarusian Democratic Republic government in exile between 1971 and 1982.


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