Kuzel's Zeno

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July 5, 2022

|Father |Position |Children |Wife |Mother |Husband Zenon Franciscovych Kuzelya (June 23 (July 6) 1882(18820706), Poruchyn village, now Ternopil district, Ternopil region, Ukraine - May 24, 1952, Paris, Ile-de-France, France) — Ukrainian linguist, bibliographer, folklorist, historian, journalist, ethnographer, editor, publisher, public figure. Kryptonyms: K., Z. K., KuZ. WITH.; K-ya Z.; H.; Ky. etc.

Biography

He was born on July 6, 1882 in the village of Poruchyn (then Berezhansky District, Kingdom of Galicia and Volodymyr, Austria-Hungary, now Ternopil District, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine) in the family of a forester. His mother was the sister of S. Lepky, father of Bohdan Lepky. From 1894 he studied at the Berezhansk gymnasium. Here in 1898, he rallied his gymnasium friends in the secret circle "Young Ukraine". At this time came the beginning of his activities as an ethnographer-collector and journalistic tests of the pen. It was published in the newspaper "Dilo". According to his memories, sometime in 1897, in order to save money, he went to Lviv on foot to buy books. He also communicated with Ivan Franko at that time. Having obtained a gymnasium education in Berezhany in 1900, he entered Lviv University. Subsequently, he moved to Vienna, the capital of Austria-Hungary, continued his studies at the University of Vienna, during 1902-1904 he was the head of the Ukrainian student society "Sich". During his studies, he worked as a translator from Slavic languages, a librarian at the Museum of Austrian Ethnography, and the secretary of Professor V. Yagich. After graduating from university, Zenon Kuzela worked first in Vienna. In 1904, he took part in the first complex ethnographic expedition of the Ukrainian Narodovs, organized by Ivan Franko, during which the inhabitants and the life of the Boykiv village of Mshanets were studied the most and the most deeply. In the spring of 1909, he moved to Chernivtsi. In the same year, he became a valid member of the Scientific Society named after T. Shevchenko in Lviv. With the beginning of the First World War, he moved to Vienna again, engaged in public work. In 1916–1920, he conducted cultural and educational work in a prison camp among captured Ukrainian soldiers of the Russian army in Salzwedel (Germany). After moving to Berlin in 1920, he worked as an editor of the magazine "Ukrainian Slovo" and publications of the publishing house "Ukrainian Naklad"