Under the Carpathians
Home of a Forgotten People
by J. B. Heisler and J. E. Mellon
Lindsay Drummond, Samuel Sidders and Son, Ltd.
|The Face of The Country|
|A Forgotten Spot|
|Ivan's Castle in the Air|
|A Hard Life|
|Churches for Sale|
|On the Upland Pastures|
|A Shepherd's Tale (Oleska Dovbus)|
|Downward Float the Rafts|
|A Proud People|
|The Village of 12,000|
|There Once was a Hucul Republic|
|Customs and Superstitions|
A Dynasty of Rabbis
and more to come.....
Note: When this book was written
in 1946, western Ukraine was known as Carpatho-Ukraine. It has
also been known as
Ruthenia, Subcarpathian Ruthenia, Transcarpathia. In
the intra-war years of 1919 to 1945 it was included in Czechoslovakia. This book
describes the life, customs and folk stories of these people, known as Hucul
and Boyko. The photos are from circa 1946, a priceless snapshot
in time, just before the Communists did their damage. As the Rusyns of
today's Slovakia and the Lemko of today's Poland share in a similar
heritage, many of these long lost stories will ring true to their
The primary village of focus is in the Verchovina region: Jasina, about 100 miles east of the Slovak Republic Border. Other locales include Uzhorod, Mukacevo and Chust.
There are more than a dozen stories in this book. Please check back often. As the year progresses, I will add more stories and pictures.
Please read and enjoy. I would most gratefully like to hear from you.
This books is readily available for sale by used bookstores. I picked up my copy online at Abebooks, a network of thousands of used booksellers. Others have reported good luck with online retailer Alibris.
For more background, please visit:
Journey to Slovakia- Full Circle
East Slovakia Genealogical Research Strategies