Michal Stanislaus KoretzkyTo men like . . .
Michael Koretzky, my grandfather, who witnessed the Russian Revolution in 1917 and fought against the Bolsheviks, then to emigrate to America and realize the American dream, while remaining a very doting father and grandfather.
The story my grandfather told me, that inspired the collage above, was that when he was in the tsarist army, he said the Tsar - Nicolas II - came and reviewed the troops and said, "Mike, Mike, you good soldier - I give you medal." Than, as my grandfather explained, "Goddamn Bolsheviks come, kill tsar, and I never get medal!"
My grandfather, although born and raised in the Ukraine, was ethnically Polish and learned his language, culture, and the catachism of the Roman Catholic Church secretly at night from underground priests posing as farm laborers in tsarist Russia.