Legion Magazine | Jan. 23, 2004 | Eugene Harasymiw
Filip Konowal, VC

From: Eugene Harasymiw [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2004 9:16 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Filip Konowal, VC

Dear Mr. Johnston:

It has come to our attention that your excellent journal, Legion Magazine, plans to run an article by Arthur Bishop, author of "Our Bravest and our Best". This in itself is a good idea which we support.

Having said that, we think it is important that you be aware that Mr. Bishop's portrayal of Filip Konowal, VC in his book is seriously flawed. In both the legal and the historical sense, Mr. Bishop's rendition of certain events touching on Mr. Konowal's life lacks a probative basis in evidentiary terms, just as it lacks documentary substantiation. We thought you should keep this in mind in relation to Mr. Bishop's article.

On a personal note, the Legion Magazine is not unknown to me as our family enjoyed it for many years while my father was still with us. For the record, Pte. Dmytro Harasymiw fought in the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 (Regina Rifles Regiment, regimental number L-74604), and was a Legion member in North Battleford, Sask.

Thank you kindly for your attention. Warmest regards,

Eugene Harasymiw, LL.B.
Ukrainian Self-Reliance Assoc.
Edmonton Branch
10611 - 110 Ave.
T5H 1H7

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