On the 90th Anniversary for Kastus Akula
(Abstract, magazine “CULTURE, NATION”, December 2015, issue 12, pp. 69-77)
Kastus Akula (Alexandar Ignatavich Kachan), a Belarusian writer and social activist was born on November 16, 1925 in Veratseja village (Dokshitsy district, Vitebsk region). He died on January 29, 2008, buried in Toronto, Canada. During the German occupation, he was a teacher then in the spring 1944 he was a cadet officer of Belarusian Home Defence (Minsk). In 1944-1945, he fought in the 2nd Polish Corps of the British Army. He was a participant of the battle at Cassino, Italy. In 1947 he came to Canada. He was the founder and the first chairman of the Belarusian Association in Canada. He published the newspaper “Belarusian emigrants” and magazine “Zvazhaj” (1974-1997). On November 22, 2015 in the Belarusian cultural and religious center in Toronto a commemoration meeting dedicated to Kastus Akula was held. The magazine “Culture, Nation” joins the kind words to the writer and to the man. The memories about K. Akula written by Olga Ipatava and Piotra Murzionak are presented.