Mr. Steve Halitsky (1943-2014) was PhD Mathematician / Scientist / Author / Holocaust Survivor. Steve was born Wolodimir Halitsky (Володимир Галицький) on August 31, 1943 in Vinnitsa, Ukraine.
Steve Halitsky's Great-Grandparents were Fyodor and Maria. In public they converted from Judaism to Christianity and received Archangelsky family name. They also attended Orthodox Church.
In private, Fyodor and Maria spoke Yiddish, sang Jewish melodies and prepared Jewish food. They also attended secret Synagogue gatherings. Resided in Kyiv Ukraine with 3 sons and 2 daughters:
Steve's Grandmother Yekaterina made positive contribution in his life.
1914: Yekaterina met George Novoseletsky from Polish Aristocratic family. The Novoseletsky clan categorically rejected this relationship.
1915: Yekaterina and George married in Kyiv. Then the Novoseletsky clan severed all ties with them.
1917: Communist Revolution. The Archangelsky clan welcomed the Communist Revolution and cut off all ties with Yekaterina and George. But Sister Maria covertly supported her Sister Yekaterina's family.
1920: Steve's mother Olga Novoseletsky was born.
1922: The Bolshevik Secret Police killed Grandfather George Novoseletsky in underground torture chamber. Grandmother Yekaterina and her kids were under constant death threats from the Communists and Anti-Semites.
1923: Yekaterina moved to a small town Tulchin, Ukraine in Podolia to teach in Children Orphanage. Publicly, Yekaterina's family observed Orthodox Christian customs. But in private, they spoke Yiddish, sang Jewish Orthodox prayers and prepared Jewish food. They also secretly attended the Synagogue.
1929-1933: Yekaterina's family survived artificial hunger Holodomor in Ukraine. They drank vinegar to suppress hunger, ate grass, tree roots and soup from old belts. They sold all personal belongings. They also helped other people to survive.
1934: Yekaterina and her kids moved to Vinnitsa, Ukraine.
1937-1939: Yekaterina's closest friends were shot or sent to GULAG.
1939-1941: Steve's Mother Olga attended Vinnitsa National Pirogov Medical University and became a prominent Pediatrician.
06/22/1941: German Army advanced east to USSR.
07/19/1941: Occupation of Vinnitsa commenced. Germans began construction of the "Wehrwolf" Hitler Headquarters near Vinnitsa. GESTAPO launched campaign to eradicate Jews & Communists.
09/19/1941: First Mass Extermination of Jews. 1,000+ Vinnitsa Jewish children and adults were rounded up and killed in local forest.
10/1941-03/1944: Anti-Nazi Resistance Cell in Pirogov Hospital. The secret Anti-Nazi Resistance cell was organized and activated on 10/1941. Steve's Mother Olga actively participated in Anti-Nazi Resistance cell. She had a romantic relationship with high-ranking German Army Officer who protected the Anti-Nazi Resistance cells.
04/16/1942: Second Mass Extermination of Jews. 5,000+ Vinnitsa Jewish children and adults were rounded up and killed in the local field.
06/1942: Prominent Anti-Communist White Guard exposed Fyodor Halitsky (Father of Konstantin Halitsky) as undercover NKVD Soviet Intelligence Agent. He chased the White Guard all over Ukraine. And now she arrived with the German troops to Vinnitsa and exposed Fyodor on the street. To avoid arrest by GESTAPO and ABWEHR, Fyodor asked Steve's Mother Olga to prepare a suicide poison for him.
07/1942: Germans finished Construction of Hitler's "Wehrwolf" Headquarters.
06/1943: Germans Uncovered Mass Graves of NKVD Victims. International Red Cross confirmed that Soviet Secret Police (NKVD) was the crime instigator. 9,583 victims were Jews, Poles and Ukrainians from Podolia region.
08/31/1943: Steve was born to Olga and high-ranking German Officer. Later, when the Germans left, an Elite Doctor Konstantin Halitsky was registered as Steve's "Official Father."
09/13/1943: Successful Destruction of Nazi Labor Camp. This camp housed Hitler's "Wehrwolf" Headquarters construction workers. German Leadership scheduled inmate extermination on 09/14/1943. Steve's Biological Father (High-Ranking German Officer) alerted the Resistance Fighters. One day prior to camp demolition, the Resistance Fighters removed all guards and freed the inmates. Nazi and the Soviets suppressed this event.
09/19/1943: GESTAPO / SS Revenge: Third Mass Jewish Extermination: 2,000+ Vinnitsa Jewish children & adults were rounded up in local field and exterminated. Nazi and the Soviets suppressed this third mass extermination.
03/1944: Germans departed Vinnitsa. Steve's Biological Father (High-Ranking German Officer) invited his love (Olga) and their son (Steve) to Germany, but she refused. The retreating German soldiers gathered some local women (including Steve's Mother) for gang rape. But an infant Steve began to cry and scream very loudly. Ordinary people overheard the screams and saved these women.
03/20/1944: The Red Army Units entered Vinnitsa. Local Newspaper headline: "Not a single Jew alive in sight."
Mother Olga, Steve at 2.5 years old and Grandma Yekaterina (1946)
Steve's Official Father was Konstantin Halitsky , an Elite Doctor of the Soviet Nomenclature. Entire town worshipped his "golden hands." Regrettably, Konstantin was completely missing from Steve's life.
But as Steve grew older he became disillusioned.
From one side: Konstantin adored Steve's younger sister Anastasia Halitsky. He called her "Daddy's Little Princess." He did everything she asked, including her homework.
Anastasia and Official Father Konstantin Halitsky
From another side: Official Father Konstantin Halitsky beat Steve brutally using 3-inch Soldier's Belt with metal buckle. Steve became a chronic stutter and was enrolled to logaoedic clinic. Konstantin also beat Steve's Mother Olga and her Sister Maria for various "transgressions." Olga ran away many times, but Konstantin always brought her back.
Steve Halitsky at 3 years old (1946), 5 years old (1948), 12 years old (1955)
Konstantin had enormous wealth and high-level connections. Later, he orchestrated many intrigues to destroy Steve's life and career. In 1980's, when Steve researched about Konstantin's past, many witnesses "committed suicide" or died under mysterious circumstances.
On the street Steve received Death Threats and Killing Attempts. He viewed each day as a miracle from God! In 1980-s Steve and I, Roxanne, uncovered the shocking truth: His Biological Father was a high-ranking German Officer who actively helped the Anti-Nazi Resistance. For details, view our Documentary Film: "The Brave Fighters"
Steve lived on the Kotlyarevsky Street and played with discarded WWII guns. He helped homeless Ukrainian Partisans with food. Local forest and amusements parks were built on top of Mass Graves from NKVD killings. Steve and his friends regularly uncovered skulls and personal belongings. He also participated in scaring off midnight thieves at local cemeteries.
1947: Mass Hunger In Ukraine. Steve experienced tiny rations of food. He witnessed people dying on the streets.
06/1954: Great-Aunt Maria Archangelsky was Steve's Guardian Angel, in strong health. But suddenly in 1954 Maria's health deteriorated and she died from Cancer.
1950-56: Elementary & Middle Classes in Vinnitsa High School #4. Soviet Authorities and fellow classmates were hostile and unfriendly to Steve. Some teachers lowered his grades to "C" or "F" for correct answers. They refused to respond to his questions. They labeled him as "lazy", "disruptive" and "uncontrollable." Later Steve discovered why they treated him this way. They despised Steve because he was a son of a German Officer.
Anastasia, Konstantin, Grandma Yekaterina, Steve and Mother Olga (1958)
1956-1958: Wehrwolf Headquarters. Steve's parents purchased his first bicycle. He traveled with friends everywhere, up to 10 miles from his house. Steve visited Kolo-Michai'lovka village, 6 miles north of Vinnitsa. He played in Hitler's old Wehrwolf Headquarters, tunnels and bunkers. Steve and friends collected discarded weapons and kept them as prized "toys."
10/1956: Vinnitsa High School #4 building was in complete ruins. Southwest Railroad (SW R.R.) Headquarters moved from Vinnitsa to Kyiv. Vinnitsa Pedagogical Institute (VPI) moved into the old SW R.R. headquarters building. Old VPI building was vacant for 1 day only! That morning Director of Vinnitsa High School #4 gathered all 800 students and said: "Do you want to leave this (expletive) hole for good? Do you want to study as decent people? Let us move EVERYTHING now!"
All 800+ students/teachers/staff grabbed school desks/chairs/bookshelves and, one by one, as an army of ants, moved everything to old VPI building 1-mile uphill. The following day classes resumed at 8:00 AM at the new location.
1957: Steve organized Youth Space Research Center on Kotlyarevsky Street. His Center won 3rd Place in Ukraine's Competition of "Young Astronauts." Steve won several Local / State Mathematics and Physics Olympiads. Then, the Soviet Authorities, Teachers and classmates completely changed their attitude toward Steve!
Steve "Young Astronaut" Certificate (1958)
06/1960: Steve graduate from Vinnitsa High School #4. He passed all 10 final exams with Honors. But he received a single "B" for Russian Literature for refusing to glorify Communist Party. Steve was awarded High School Silver Medal for exceptional achievements.
07/1960: Steve successfully passed all 6 entry exams and enrolled in Moscow Physics-Technical Institute (PhysTech).
Most PhysTech Faculty members were extremely antagonistic to Steve. Many students were hostile and some were physically abusive. Math Department Staff was cold but fair and honest.
Steve was assigned to Advanced English Study (AES) group. The Curriculum was Advanced Cambridge-Level English. Steve's AES Professor was a Foreign Affairs Ministry (KGB) translator. She was very antagonistic and tried to fail him. 90% of Advanced English Study (AES) group students failed the course. But in the end, Steve was able to finish the course and escape from her clutches.
Later, Steve realized that PhysTech Faculty treated him this way because they knew he was son of a high-ranking German Officer.
Mother Olga, Sister Anastasia, Official Father Konstantin,
Steve Halitsky and Grandmother Yekaterina
01/05/1963: Steve met Veronika Bugayev, the daughter of Victor Anton Bugayev.
Victor Anton Bugayev
Victor Anton Bugayev was a world famous scientist; Chairman of Meteorology & Geophysics in Soviet Union. Co-Chairman of Soviet Space Research Program. Close friend of PhysTech President, O. Belotzerkovsky. Connected to top echelons of KGB, Soviet Police. Served in Uzbekistan Nomenclature.
Summer 1963: Steve was planning to marry Veronika and decided to present her to his Mother Olga and Official Father Konstantin. Steve, Veronika and her friends traveled to Vinnitsa for vacation. Steve's Official Father Konstantin Halitsky initiated a smearing campaign against Veronika. He secretly convinced Olga that Veronika was a bad girl. Then Olga slandered Veronika to her son Steve. He became disillusioned, depressed and broke up with Veronika. In 1980's this will be repeated again. Konstantin and Mother Olga slandered me (Roxanne) to Steve at their home in Kiev.
At the end of August, Steve met new neighbor Svetlana. She made a great impression on him: beautiful, intelligent and honest girl. A few days later, Steve returned to PhysTech.
10/1963: Steve received a letter from his sister Anastasia Halitsky: Svetlana has committed "suicide." Svetlana's Mother wrote letter to PhysTech President O. Belotzerkovsky accusing Steve of Svetlana's death. She threatened to "cut him with an axe on the first meeting." Steve decided to clear his name and meet with Svetlana's Mother.
Unfortunately, he did not have any money. Steve hid inside the train without ticket for ~700 miles to Vinnitsa. When Steve arrived, his Parents immediately placed him on 24-hour house arrest. When they left the house, Steve climbed through a small bathroom window and met with Svetlana's mother.
After a long discussion, she said: "Official autopsy revealed that Svetlana was still a virgin. She did not leave a suicide note! I believe you are innocent. Someone forced me to sign an accusation letter against you. But I am cannot tell you who it was."
At Moscow PhysTech Control Problems Institute (CPI), Steve was constantly discriminated. CPI Department Head pressured him to immediately quit due to "poor Russian language skills." But Steve refused and CPI Department Head transferred him to another CPI Department.
The CPI Department Head, Ph. D. was also Supervisor of V. Kalashnikov, close relative of AK-47 inventor. The Department Head was biased toward Kalashnikov. He provided full-laboratory-assistance, frequent close-door meetings and assistance with the B.S. Presentation.
But the CPI Department Head discriminated against Steve: He ordered to resolve very complex problems from his own Ph. D. dissertation. The Department Head also refused to assist with the research and labeled Steve as "lazy and incompetent." After this, Steve lost his scientific concentration and became completely depressed.
09/1963-05/1965: All of Steve's exams were graded "A" or "B." But the PhysTech Faculty decided not to recognize his accomplishments. Steve convinced CPI Department Head to re-direct him to Science Supervisor A. Butkovsky Lab for his B.S. Project.
Steve's Science Supervisor A. Butkovsky was the youngest Ph. D. in PhysTech Control Problems Institute (CPI). Mr. Butkovsky picked Steve's B.S. Project theme "Optimization of Multivariate Hierarchical Systems" and collaborated with him in the beginning of B.S. Project. But then Butkovsky's Boss, Department Chief Alex Lerner, immediately sent him to an extended trip in Europe / Canada / US / Japan.
Steve continued to work on his B.S. Degree Project. He explored all possible means to obtain formal solution. Steve asked Chief USSR Economist Ph. A. Birman and other economists for data assistance. But they responded: "This is highly classified data! Only CPSU (Communist Party of Soviet Union) member can access them." Steve submitted CPSU Membership Application but his application was denied for no reason.
05/03/1966 (Two weeks prior to B.S. Presentation) Steve's roommate L. Svishev and his Unknown Male Friend organized a fight in their room. Steve tried to stop the fight, but L. Svishev claimed that Steve hit them.
05/09/1966 (One week prior to B.S. Presentation) Young Communist League (Komsomol) organized a Fake Trial accusing Steve's of beating "innocent people." Steve categorically refused this false accusation. He presented his Psychologist written evaluation that he was suﬀering from enormous stress and trauma. But the Komsomol Committee rejected this evidence (laughing at him) and immediately expelled Steve from their membership. In 1960's Soviet Union, expulsion from Komsomol meant that the career was over.
Steve examined numerous scientific sources and created balanced review. He performed formal analysis of Multi-Dimensional Hierarchical Systems. Steve completed his B.S. Project on time and obtained positive reviews from field experts.
Mr. Butkovsky returned back on 03/1966 (2 weeks prior to Steve's B.S. Degree Presentation). He quickly evaluated Steve's work as "sufficient for presentation." Department Chief, Alex Lerner gave his approval.
Steve Halitsky, 23 years old (1966)
PhysTech Faculty scheduled Steve to present his B.S. research to State Examination Board (SEB) at the end of May. But on the morning of 17 May, PhysTech Faculty demanded Steve to make the presentation or face expulsion from the Institute. Steve ran to his Scientific Director A. Butkovsky office and grabbed B.S. Research documents.
Steve asked his fellow students to help with posters to prepare for his B.S. Research presentation. For some reason, Steve's Scientific Director A. Butkovsky & two Reviewers did not attend and remained at their offices across the hall.
Alexander Lerner Jewish, born in Vinnitsa. Mr. Lerner, A. Butkovsky's Supervisor, certified Steve Halitsky's B.S. Presentation. Steve made precise and accurate B.S. Research presentation on "Analysis and Optimization of Multivariate Hierarchical Systems."
During SEB session, Alex Lerner stated that Steve's B.S. Presentation "did not deserve positive evaluation."
After one hour, SEB Secretary declared verdicts: Everyone was graded "Excellent" to "Good", but Steve "Failed."
In 1966, most of the scientific works in CPI were devoted to mechanical and radio engineering problems:
Now, the opposite is true. In 2010, CPI projects classifications:
06/1966: During PhysTech Job Fair, each student was offered a job at Science & Research Facilities. After 5 hours wait, Steve was called last. The PhysTech Chairman said that Steve must find work by himself.
During next month, without Moscow Residency Permit, Steve was searching for a job in vain. Later he received a Technician job at Radio-Research Plant in Moscow Suburbs.
Many years later, Steve discovered that his Official Father Konstantin Halitsky and Alexander Lerner knew each other very well: Alexander Lerner was his Former Patient for many years. Official Father Konstantin Halitsky has been destroying Steve's life again.
The State Examination Board's (SEB) decision had shaken Steve to the core. He lost trust in Scientific Director A. Butkovsky. Steve plunged to the bottom of emotional and psychological depression. His Mother & Official Father blamed him for everything. They told Steve that he would fail in Moscow and should return to Vinnitsa and study at local Polytechnic Institute. During these difficult times, Steve's Grandmother Yekaterina supported him.
Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM)
08/1966- 10/1969: Steve lived at Student Housing in Fryazino, Russia and traveled 45 km (25 miles) to Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM). He worked as a Technician and at night prepared for new B.S. Presentation. Steve was shocked by the professionalism and respect from MIEM Personnel & Management. He resolved several difficult technological & scientific problems for MIEM. Then, Steve presented his B.S. Degree with Honors in new field: "Physics and Electronics."
Cybernetics Institute (CI) of Ukraine Science Academy
Steve passed postgraduate exams in Cybernetics Institute (CI) of Ukraine Science Academy. He published many articles in Scientific Journals and created & implemented new methods for multi-dimensional system analysis. Steve made several Presentations on Control Systems / Applied Math Conferences.
On Conferences, PhysTech Alumnae publicly labeled him as "immoral person" and "scum." But he understood the reason: those who wished for him to fail have now completely lost. Steve managed, despite the insanity, to rise and prove to all: he is a true Scientist.
Steve prepared M.S. dissertation at the end of postgraduate studies. The CI Management delayed his presentation for 3 years without reason. Then CI Management demanded Steve conduct his M.S. Presentation outside CI. After this, Steve worked on various scientific projects for CI.
1974: Steve discovered new and efficient methods of analysis of multi-dimensional dynamic systems: "Theta Criteria." Steve published his results in Scientific Journals and presented them on Applied Mathematics Congresses and Conferences.
Steve Halitsky presenting Theta Criteria results on Applied Mathematics Soviet Conference (1975)
08/1974: Steve's "Guardian Angel" Grandmother Yekaterina died. After her death, Steve's Official Father Konstantin Halitsky took total control of Steve's Mother Olga.
Steve and Roxanne Halitsky Wedding
(July 8, 1975)
07/1975: I, Roxanne Halitsky (Maiden Name: Bedzyk) am daughter of prominent Soviet Writer Yuri Bedzyk and the granddaughter of the classic of Ukrainian literature, Dmitro Bedzyk. On July 8, 1975 Steve and I were married. We both moved-in with my Grandparents Dmitro and Martha Bedzyk in Soviet Elites' Condominium Building.
04/1976: Our first son Andre Galitsky was born.
Roxanne's Step-Mother Lydmila Suhonyuk Bedzyk
Roxanne's Sister-in-Law Valeria Gontareva
Former Chairwoman of the National Bank of Ukraine
03/1980: Our second son Edward Halitsky (Igor) was born.
Roxanne Halitsky with son Andre and Edward (Igor) (1982)
Olga Halitsky and Konstantin Halitsky (1980)
National Transport University, Kyiv
Steve continued with Scientific Research:
Chernobyl Disaster and Post-Chernobyl "First of May" Parade
11/1989: Steve stood in line for 5 hours in snow blizzard at U.S. Embassy (Moscow) to file Political Refugee Asylum Application.
07/1990: Our Family was called into U.S. Embassy (Moscow):
07/1990 - 09/1991: International Rescue Committee (IRC) approved $3,600 loan for our Family's Airline Tickets to Chicago, IL USA
09/21/1991: Departure to Moscow:
09/24/1991: Our Family landed at Chicago O'Hare Airport with $50 in cash. We were grateful to have arrived in this wonderful country.
1998: We repaid the International Rescue Committee loan.
1999: Passed U.S. Citizenship tests and interviews.
2000: Granted U.S. Citizenship and cast our first votes.
2004: Chicago Jewish Organizations certified Steve as a "Holocaust Survivor."
2005: Steve established a multi-national group for researching Anti-Nazi Resistance and Holocaust in Vinnitsa, Ukraine.
Back in 1974, Steve developed and verified new and efficient methods of analysis of multi-dimensional dynamic systems. These methods are for Aircraft Engine Failure Identification, Medical Applications, Financial Problems Analysis and IED Identification.
1996: Steve joined several U.S. Mathematical Societies
1996-2010: Steve presented his results on several Applied Mathematics Congresses and Conferences.
Steve Halitsky's Theta Criteria presentation on Scientific Conference (6/4/1998)
2003: Established "Theta Criteria" research business
2005: Steve and Theta Criteria business were included in "Marquis Who's Who in Business and Finance."
Steve Halitsky's Marquis Who's Who in the World Certificate (2005)
2010: Steve and son Edward Halitsky co-authored the book: "Theta Criteria: Multivariate Analysis"
Theta Criteria: By Steve Halitsky and Edward Halitsky
2010: Our Family of 3 (Steve, Roxanne and Edward) created "The Brave Fighters" WWII Documentary Film about Anti-Nazi Resistance Fighters in Ukraine. 135,000 people from 100+ countries have viewed our film on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vimeo and DVD. View "The Brave Fighters" film (free).
The Brave Fighters: WWII Anti-Nazi Resistance Near Hitler's Headquarters
In 1980's, my, Roxanne, Father Yuri Bedzyk, his Official Wife Lydmila Suhonyuk Bedzyk and my Mother Margarita Gontareva nearly imprisoned Steve with false accusations to the Soviet Authorities.
For many years, we cautioned our children Andre & Edward to distrust those people. Then, at ~12 years old, Andre's attitude changed negatively. Several times, he was telling me (Edward): "Do not believe our parents. KGB was not harassing them. They are lying!"
We never said that the entire KGB pursued us. We did not actively participate in Anti-Soviet actions. We did not work for foreign countries to overthrow the Soviet regime. But our relatives (Lydmila Suhonyuk, Yuri Bedzyk and Konstantin Halitsky) had good friends in the KGB who aggressively harassed us.
In 1990, U.S. Consulate in Moscow reviewed our Political Asylum Application. For nearly two years, they checked our background in detail. In the end, they approved our Political Asylum to United States.
Later, a valuable source told us that Yuri Bedzyk secretly met with our child Andre many times. Let us remind you: Several times back in 1980's, Yuri Bedzyk and his Third-Wife Lydmila Suhonyuk Bedzyk nearly imprisoned us (Steve & Roxanne) on false accusations. In the end, I (Roxanne), Daughter and Granddaughter of two prominent rich Soviet Writers received zero from their enormous inheritance. But Third-Wife Lydmila Suhonyuk Bedzyk received everything!
1991-2000: In United States, Andre Galitsky gave us a lot of bad advice that brought enormous financial & psychological damage to our Family. In 2014, a few days after Steve passed away, I (Roxanne) asked my son Andre Galitsky: "Your Father trusted you completely. Why did you give him a lot of bad advice?" Andre Galitsky coldly responded: "He should not have listened."
1998: Our son Andre Galitsky became a Naturalized U.S. Citizen. But at the last minute, he broke his promise to change "Galitsky" last name spelling to match our "Halitsky" name (Parents and Brother).
Jennifer Galitsky (Smith) and Andre Galitsky a few days after Steve's death. (February 2014)
1999: Andre Galitsky met his future-wife Jennifer Smith.
03/2000: Andre Galitsky & Jennifer Smith decided to get married without asking us (Steve & Roxanne) for a blessing. Nevertheless, we promised to attend the Wedding Ceremony on Labor Day 2000.
09/2000: Andre Galitsky refused my (Edward's) offer to be his "Best Man." Instead, Andre chose his friend Reuben Remigio. Andre Galitsky did not reserve a Hotel Room for us (Parents and Brother). During busy Labor Day weekend we found the closest available hotel 50 miles away. We drove 400 miles from Chicago to Minneapolis.
Andre's Father-in-Law Dennis Smith
We asked Andre and his future Father-in-Law Dennis Smith to provide directions to the Wedding Ceremony Restaurant by phone, but they did not help. We were running 45 minutes late and asked Andre to postpone the Wedding Ceremony, but he refused: "There are many important people here. They will not wait for some persons!"
When we arrived to the restaurant, the Galitsky Wedding Ceremony has already concluded. All of the Wedding Guests were unfriendly to us. Bride Jennifer Smith Galitsky and Father Dennis Smith were negative and hostile toward us. They treated us worse than strangers. We asked Jennifer Smith Galitsky and Dennis Smith to meet next day together as new family, but they refused.
2006-2007: Several times, Andre Galitsky and Jennifer Galitsky visited Grandfather Yuri Bedzyk, Official Wife Lydmila Suhonyuk Bedzyk and Grandmother Margarita Gontareva in Kyiv, Ukraine
In 2008, Yuri Bedzyk died from pancreatic cancer. Later, we learned that Yuri Bedzyk left his enormous inheritance to Third-Wife Lydmila Suhonyuk Bedzyk and some portion to grandson Andre Galitsky. But he did not leave a single cent to us, his daughter Roxanne and second grandson, Edward.
In 2012, we moved from Chicago to Boston. But in August 2013, Steve became ill and fell into a coma. Massachusetts General Hospital Doctors performed a successful brain surgery. We, Roxanne & Edward, visited Steve in Mass General Hospital everyday 7 days a week.
I, Edward, called my brother Andre Galitsky (living in Virginia) about his Father's illness. During this time, Andre Galitsky and Jennifer Galitsky family lived in 5-bedroom house valued $329,000+ (Source: "Richmond Times Dispatch"). In September 2013, Andre Galitsky purchased 4 acres of empty land for $18,000 (Source: "The Central Virginian").
Our Family was going through temporary financial hardship. We asked Andre Galitsky to co-sign a small Massachusetts Apartment Lease where we could help his Father recover at home. We had a Government Assistance Grant that would partially finance the Apartment Lease. Andre Galitsky would not have to pay a single cent. But he categorically refused to help us. Andre claimed he did not have any money and would lose Government Security Clearance.
Instead of helping us with an apartment, Andre Galitsky invited our Family into his 5-Bedroom Virginia Home. Andre called every day promising that his entire Family (with small children) would help Father recover. His wife Jennifer Galitsky (Registered Nurse) has deep experience treating sick patients. Andre promised me (Edward) with a Computer Programming job in his business.
For many months, we refused to accept Andre's invitation. We remembered how he betrayed our family in the past. But after 6 months of daily visits to Hospitals, we were exhausted and finally surrendered. We tried to believe Andre's promises.
From Day One, Jennifer Galitsky (Registered Nurse) insisted on taking total control of Steve's recovery (preparing his "special meals" and provide medications). She was very friendly to all of us. We believed that Jennifer Galitsky wanted to help our family.
Steve's condition was improving. He had positive attitude and good spirit. But after 8 days under Jennifer Galitsky's care, Steve fell into a coma. We demanded to move Steve into Hospital Emergency Room. Jennifer & Andre Galitsky screamed at us: "You can't do this! It's against Hospice Care rules!" I (Edward) refused to listen and dispatched an ambulance to take Steve to the Hospital Emergency Room. The Doctors swiftly recovered Steve from coma. His condition was slowly improving. But it was only a prelude.
At the Doctor/Family Meeting, Andre Galitsky refused to take his Father Steve back home, claiming he would "infect" their children. We (Roxanne & Edward) were in complete shock! We did not have an apartment in Virginia. We asked Andre to co-sign a small apartment not far from his house. But Andre Galitsky only agreed to rent us $600/month apartment far away from his home in a Crime-ridden Drug-infested area. We refused.
Next day, Andre Galitsky and Jennifer Galitsky took away all car keys. We were stranded! There was no bus or train service. We could not visit our ailing Steve at the Hospital! But for some reason, Andre Galitsky and Jennifer Galitsky spent the following 3 nights at the Hospital with Steve.
On the 4th morning, Andre Galitsky and Jennifer Galitsky picked us up from their home for "some emergency" at the Hospital. When we arrived, Steve was in coma again (nearly dead). 30 minutes later, Steve passed away. We were crying constantly. But Andre Galitsky and Jennifer Galitsky sat silently in the corner, not shedding a single tear!
Andre Galitsky said: "Nobody knew my Father in the Church! Also, I don't have any money."
According to Public Records, Jennifer & Andre Galitsky purchased 4 acres of empty land ($18,000) in September 2013 but claimed they didn't have any money to help us.
Andre Galitsky paid ~$1,500 to cremate his Father. But when it was time to pick up the ashes, he refused to accompany us claiming: "I am too busy with work." We (Roxanne and Edward) picked up the ashes ourselves.
6 weeks later, Andre Galitsky and Jennifer Galitsky decided to evict us from their home without reason. Timothy (TJ) Dustin Smith (Jennifer's adult son from previous relationship) attacked me (Edward). Once we began to video-record the attack, Timothy (TJ) Dustin Smith ran away.
Timothy (TJ) Dustin Smith
Unfortunately, we did not have a car or an apartment. Andre Galitsky agreed to pay for 3 months Airbnb Studio Apartment in Massachusetts suburb. Then, he ended all financial assistance.
In 2016, Andre and Jennifer Galitsky purchased a larger home for $574,500 in Warrenton, VA. (Source: "Fauquier Now")
On February 16, 2014 at ~9 AM EST, Steve Halitsky passed away at Memorial Regional Medical Center (Mechanicsville, VA).
After Andre Galitsky and Jennifer Galitsky betrayed our Family, we terminated all contacts with them.
Now Andre Galitsky is "dead" to us. I (Roxanne) have only one son. I (Edward) do not have a brother.