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Aleksandr Kallinikovich Svitich was born in Vilno, Russia in 1890. In 1930, Svitich graduated from the Theological Faculty of Warsaw University, and proceeded to teach at the Vilno Theological Seminary. In 1937 he emigrated from Poland to Serbia, settling in Belgrade and becoming a legal advisor to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. In 1945 he emigrated to Germany, living in displaced persons camps until arriving in the United States in 1950. Svitich died in Denver, Colorado in 1963.
These papers provide insight into the life of the Orthodox Church in Poland in the Interwar period. Aleksander K. Svitich, a theologian and member of the faculty of the Vilno Theological Seminary, served on the editorial board of Za svobodu, a Russian émigré newspapers, which he contributed numerous articles to, at times using his pen name Tuberozov. Reflected in these papers are also Svitich’s research interests.
The Subject file contains documents pertaining to the activities of the Orthodox Church in the Unites States. Noteworthy are the correspondence of Archbishop Arsenii (Chakhovtsev), and Archbishop Irinei (Bekish), and documents relating to the Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov’ zagranitsei.
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