Kraŭcoŭ Makar (also spelled Kraŭtsoŭ Makar; Краўцоў Макар), writer, teacher, journalist, political leader. His real name was Makar Kościevič. He was born c. 1890. Died in Soviet prison c. 1939. Makar Kościevič was born in the village of Babroŭnia, in the Horadnia province. He received his education in a Teachers' Seminary. He served in the Russian army during World War I and became actively involved in the Belarusian political movement. After the February Revolution he came to Miensk and took an active part in the preparation of the All-Belarusian Congress, and participated in the Słucak Uprising.

He was a prolific writer and contributed to numerous Belarusian newspapers, including the newspaper Biełaruski Zvon, Vilnia, 1921-1922, where he published his memoirs about the All-Belarusian Congress. After the Riga Treaty, he lived in Western Belarus where he taught and wrote. Makar Kraŭcoŭ is best known to the Belarusian people for his verse, My vyjdziem ščylnymi radami [a military hymn] which became the national anthem.

After the Soviet occupation of Western Belarus in 1939, he was imprisoned and vanished into the Soviet jails without a trace.

References: Novy Šlach, Miensk-Riga, 2(38), January 1944, p. 9; Anton Adamovich. Opposition to Sovietization..., New York, 1958, pp. 44-45, 190.

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