The Oath: A Quest for Freedom in War-Torn Ukraine



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About The Book

Michael Chemny’s autobiography, The Oath: A Quest for Freedom in War-Torn Ukraine, tells the incredible story of one young man’s love of the simple, bucolic manner of living in his small village in early twentieth-century Ukraine. Then come the ravages of World War I; and Chemny, as a new member of the Ukrainian Army, takes a life-changing oath before God to fight to the death on behalf of Ukrainian freedom.After the war, the oppressive Polish occupation of Ukraine leads Chemny, who has been blackmailed to work for the tyrannical government, to realize there is no returning to the sort of simple life he once had. Leaving his wife and daughter with his parents, he sneaks out of Polish-occupied Ukraine and eventually makes his way to Detroit, where his wife’s parents live, and begins his life anew. This new life is not without its own misadventures, yet he endures and does what he must to make a life for himself and his family, now in Detroit. Through it all, Chemny is true to his oath, as he does what he can through fullest participation in the affairs of his Ukrainian church as well as of many Ukrainian-American political organizations.

About The Author

M. Andrew Holowchak, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and history as well as the editor of The Journal of Thomas Jefferson’s Life and Times. He is the author and editor of nearly fifty books and over one hundred fifty published essays on topics such as ethics, ancient philosophy, science, psychoanalysis, and critical thinking. Acknowledged by several scholars to be the world’s foremost authority on the thinking of Thomas Jefferson, Dr. Holowchak currently focuses his research on Jefferson and has published eleven books and over ninety essays on Jefferson since 2013. He is also the maternal grandson of Michael Chemny.

Product Details
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Indigo River Pub (August 25, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 362 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950906167
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950906161
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.17 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.81 x 9 inches