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Yet during those years when the region was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1944, Jewish boys were hidden within the walls of this religious commune in Univ, home to a group of monks from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Along with the handful of holy men who were the children’s daily caretakers, three figures were instrumental in their safekeeping: Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, his brother Klymentiy, and Omelyan Kovch, a priest from the nearby town of Peremyshliany.

November is a significant month for the church as it marks the anniversaries of both the metropolitan’s death on Nov. 1 and his brother’s birth on Nov. 17.

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