Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tatar Pride

turuktan is the user on flikr that made this cool shirt.

Bronson was born Charles Dennis Buchinsky in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, in the Pittsburgh Tri-State area.

During the McCarthy hearings he changed his last name to Bronson, as all Slavic sounding names were suspect despite the fact that his name was of Lithuanian origin, i.e. Baltic (westerners, at this time, made no distinction between Baltic and Slavic names.)

He was one of 15 children born to a Lithuanian immigrant father of Lipka Tatar ancestry and a Lithuanian mother. His father was from the town of Druskininkai. His mother, Mary Valinsky, whose parents were born in Lithuania, was born in the anthracite coal mining town of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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