On this day, July 21, 1906, OUN activist, talented Ukrainian poetess and publicist Olena Teliga was born. Her work led her to Ukrainian nationalism and struggle, which, in turn, engraved Teliga in the history of Ukraine as an indomitable woman, faithful to the idea to the last breath.
Olena Teliga came from an intelligent Ukrainian Shovgeniv family. Until the age of 12 she lived with her family in St. Petersburg. And in 1918 she moved to Kyiv, where her father became a minister in the UPR government, and his family joined the active Ukrainians. Because of this, after the Ukrainian Revolution, the Shovgenivs were forced to emigrate to Czechoslovakia.
It was in the emigration that Elena Teliga’s Ukrainian self crystallized, her nationalist environment began to form, and her active work began.
The young poetess is especially impressed by the theorist of Ukrainian nationalism Mykola Stsiborsky, whose intellect, ideas and strength of convictions fascinated young Ukrainian emigrants.
Soon Teliga began to be spoken of as a poetess, although she wrote her first poems in her youth. Olena Teliga’s poetic works began to be published in the Literary-Scientific Bulletin, the Bulletin, and in a number of other newspapers and magazines. In addition, the poetess made her debut in journalism. Today, Olena Teliga’s poetic legacy is only 41 poems, and their content is invaluable.
Later, Olena, who was surrounded by iconic nationalists (Dmytro Dontsov, Oleh Olzhych, Yevhen Malanyuk, and others) showed readiness to join the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and take a direct part in the struggle. The poetess was responsible for the preparation of ideological materials, which were sent to Ukraine. And in October 1941 she arrived in Kyiv, where she undertook to establish Ukrainian political and cultural life.
Due to the active Ukrainian position, Olena Teliga’s stay in Kyiv became more and more dangerous, but she did not leave the city and did not give up. In February 1942, the nationalist and her husband were arrested by the Nazis, and on February 21, they were shot in Babyn Yar. Elena Teliga’s life was short but bright, full of great deeds and trials, so it will never be forgotten.