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TIMELY MATTERS: Ukraine fights on — City of Auburn has strong connections

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“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented… When human lives are endangered… national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. At that moment… (those places) become the center of the universe.”

— Elie Wiesel,

Nobel Acceptance Speech, Oslo, Dec. 10, 1986

Our Finger Lakes neighbor to the east, Auburn, N.Y., was an important production center during WWII and is known, among many other things, for being the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad; the home of William Henry Seward, Secretary of State under Lincoln and Johnson; and, as most of us also know, the home of Auburn Maximum Security Prison, site of the world’s first execution by electrocution.

What I did not know is that it also happens to be home to a vibrant, historic Ukrainian community.

As we drove to St. Hyacinth Roman Catholic School where my son, Aaron, had a volleyball game, we passed both the Ukrainian National Club and SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church on Washington Street.........

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