Summary

Badge, dated 24 February, 1973 .Issued for Melbourne Eucharistic Congress. Inscriptions in the Ukrainian language.

Wasyl Krechkiwsky was born in Ukraine in 1923 and after years spent in a German labour camp during World War II and then in German training camps after the War where he undertook training in motor mechanics, he migrated to Australia in 1948. Wasyl was employed at the silver-lead mines at Zeehan in Tasmania and from the1950s he worked for General Motors Holden and possibly later Nissan in Dandenong where he lived. A photograph of Wasyl behind the counter of a milk bar also suggests he owned and/or worked in a milk bar sometime during the 1950s.

More than 1000 displaced persons' camps were established by the Allied Forces. Initially created as temporary processing centres, the camps became longer term sites of accommodation, employment, education and recreation for refugees who could not, or did not want to, be repatriated to their countries of origin.

Physical Description

Round metal badge with blue background and gold-coolured imagery and text. there is a Christian symbol in the centre , of a cup holding the wine that symbolises Christ's blood during the Eucharist. The colours of the badge reflect the colours of the Ukrainian flag, a light blue band over a yellow band.

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