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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Nicholai Lekanoff

As part of the "Beginning of Memory Project," Ray Hudson conducted interviews with Aleuts who were forced to evacuate from their homes during World War II. Many of the evacuees from the Aleutians faced years away from their childhood homes, sometimes in deplorable camps. Many communities - the "Lost Villages" - were never resettled.

Nicholai S. Lekanoff was born in Makushin in 1925 and in 1937 moved with his family to Unalaska. He served as an alter boy in Unalaska Village and continued service to the Church of the Holy Ascension throughout his life. After WWII he married Pauline Kudrin of Kashega.

Download a full transcript of Nicholai's interview.
 

Did You Know?

USFWS photo of a pair of whiskered auklets on Unalaska Island

The waters around Unalaska Island are one of the few places in the world to find the rare whiskered auklet.