Mayor Ivan Kowalyszen

Ukrainian mayor of Skala who "safeguarded" Jewish valuables

We were stymied in our attempt to contact Izzie’s school friend, the Ukrainian mayor of Skala, Ivan Kowalyszen. Tateh knew him too, and believed in the mayor’s reputation as a decent and reasonable man. Each night when we cased the mayor’s residence, there was a German shepherd on a chain in the front yard. The smallest movement would set the animal to loud barking, and sometimes this would bring a police deputy forth from inside the house to investigate. Clearly the mayor’s house was under police guard, and that prevented us from attempting an approach.