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Nikolai Lekanoff, born in 1925, shares his experiences growing up in Makushin and Unalaska, and the pain of forced relocation during World War II, which marked the end of his small village. [open captions]
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.