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  • “Tato”

  • My father John “Tato” Brysky, age 84 of Kansas City, Kan., was born in the Ukraine. He was captured by the Nazis in 1937 and worked in a concentration camp at the age of 12 until he managed to escape. He came to America with nothing and worked in a steel mill.


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  • My father John “Tato” Brysky, age 84 of Kansas City, Kan., was born in the Ukraine. He was captured by the Nazis in 1937 and worked in a concentration camp at the age of 12 until he managed to escape. He came to America with nothing and worked in a steel mill. The most important lessons my dad taught me were courage, determination and respect. He and my mother raised four children and gave us a good, stable life. In his later years, he has shown the same determination and courage to overcome some difficulties this past year. He fell and—due to his injuries—his right leg had to be amputated. He struggles with everyday life but has never given up. He was in the hospital, skilled nursing and rehab a total of nine months. He is now home with his family. He is a walking miracle due to everything he has been through and a blessing to our family. I believe I’m very fortunate to still have my dad this Father’s Day.
    With love,
    Julie and Phil Storie

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