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WALTER DASCHKO


Date and Place of Birth: July 3, 1953 in Hamilton, Ontario

Date of Interview: April 7, 2015

Place of Interview: Toronto, Ontario

Interviewer: Sophia Isajiw

Length of Interview: 1:01:38 (raw)

Mother (Survivor): Tina Daschko, born 1924 in Krasnosilka, Ukraine


(Excerpt):


But my mother, when she would speak about the Holodomor, she would speak in very quiet, measured, tempered…and it wasn’t ‘oh, woe is me.’ It was sort of, and not simply a cold matter-of-fact, it was simple and loving.

And she’s a great storyteller, she’s a wonderful storyteller, and it’s very compelling, without hyperbole. She’s very good. She was very good. I mean I can’t remember the first time I heard one of her stories about the Holodomor.

And she had, I don’t know, six or a dozen stories that I can remember clearly her telling. Some having to do with, two, having to do with her, one with her and how she survived, and another with how her younger brother died. And then there are other stories about how other people in the village either managed to survive or tragically didn’t survive.

And again, none of these stories were, sort of, overwrought or [throws his hands up] “Oy!” they were, “and then this would happen” and she would always end up saying, “Yep, yep, that’s the way it was.” So.


CROSS REFERENCES:


  1. Walter Daschko’s mother is interviewed in UCRDC’s “Share the Story” archive (“Tina’s Story” ; ”Share the Story” ) project webpage


  1. Walter Daschko’s children are in the film “Holodomor: Voices of Survivors” by Ariadna Ochrymovych

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excerpt from the Interview with WALTER DASCHKO
CHILDREN OF HOLODOMOR SURVIVORS SPEAK