Dr. Vincent Žuk-Hryškievič (Belarusian: Вінцэнт Жук-Грышкевіч, sometimes Vincent Zhuk-Hryshkevich, Polish: Wincenty Żuk-Hryszkiewicz; February 10, 1903 – February 14, 1989) was a Belarusian emigre politician.
Dr. Vincent Žuk-Hryškievič
|President of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic-in-exile|
May 1970 – November 1980
|Preceded by||Mikoła Abramčyk|
|Succeeded by||Jazep Sažyč|
|Born||February 10, 1903|
Budslaŭ, Russian Empire
|Died||February 14, 1989 (aged 86)|
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
|Alma mater||Charles University in Prague, University of Ottawa|
|Awards|| Defence Medal (United Kingdom)|
Monte Cassino Commemorative Cross
He graduated from the Charles University in Prague in 1926 and worked in 1927-1939 as a teacher in the Belarusian Gymnasium of Vilnia, while also taking part in Belarusian activities in West Belarus, including work for a newspaper published by the Belarusian Peasants' and Workers' Union.
In late September 1939, after the Soviet invasion of Poland, Vincent Žuk-Hryškievič was first appointed editor in a Soviet newspaper but very soon arrested by the NKVD. After several months of tortures, he was sent to Gulag concentration camps in Kotlas and Vorkuta.
After the war, Žuk-Hryškievič first settled in the United Kingdom where together with other Belarusian veterans of the Anders Army he became one of the founders of the Association of Belarusians in Great Britain.
In 1950, he moved to Canada and actively participated in Belarusian activities in North America as one of the leaders of the Belarusian Canadian Alliance. In 1952, he became a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Ottawa.
For a period of two years he moved to Munich, West Germany, at the invitation of President Mikoła Abramčyk. Here he established and managed the Belarusian section of Radio Liberty. He made the first broadcast to his homeland on May 20, 1954, and remained with the programme until April 1956 when he returned to Toronto.
Vincent Žuk-Hryškievič was president of the government-in-exile of the Belarusian Democratic Republic between 1971 and 1982.
- Жыцьцё Вінцэнта Жук-Грышкевіча [The Life of Vincent Zuk-Hryskievic], by Raisa Zuk-Hryskievic, Toronto, 1993, p. 69
- Raisa Zuk-Hryskievic papers - University of Minnesota Libraries (last retrieved 11 May 2019)
- Žuk-Hryškievič Vincent // Zaprudnik J. Historical dictionary of Belarus. — Lamham. — London: Scarecrow Press, 1998. — 338 p. ISBN 0-8108-3449-9.
- Жыцьцё Вінцэнта Жук-Грышкевіча [The Life of Vincent Zuk-Hryskievic], by Raisa Zuk-Hryskievic, Toronto, 1993, p. 57
- Жыцьцё Вінцэнта Жук-Грышкевіча [The Life of Vincent Zuk-Hryskievic], by Raisa Zuk-Hryskievic, Toronto, 1993, p. 109