Rahula Vasil (Рагуля Васіль), teacher, social worker, political leader. Vasil Rahula was born on July 16, 1879 in the village of Acukievičy, near the town of Navahradak into a peasant family. He died in New York on June 16, 1955. Vasil Rahula studied in local schools and then went to the Maładečna Teachers' Seminary from which he graduated in 1898. He also graduated from Vilna Pedagogical Institute in 1906. He taught in a number of schools throughout Western Belarus and finally accepted a teaching position in Miensk. He served in the Army during World War I.

Although he was not directly involved in the administrative activities of preparing for the All-Belarusian Congress — (he was just a delegate to the Congress) — Rahula's work as a teacher among the rural masses contributed to the general awakening of Belarusian national consciousness in the countryside. Hundreds of Belarusian teachers such as Vasil Rahula were the propagators of Belarusian political ideas among the masses of the Belarusian people.

After the Revolution, Vasil Rahula lived in Western Belarus, was elected to the Polish Senate, and represented the people in an excellent manner. When the Soviets came to Western Belarus in 1939, Vasil Rahula was imprisoned but with the outbreak of the Soviet-German War in 1941, he managed to escape. After the World War II, Rahula lived in West Germany, Belgium and, in 1954, he came to the United States.

References: Vasil Rahula. Uspaminy, New York, 1957, 127 p.; The New York Times, New York, June 19, 1955, 93:1; Biełarus, New York, nos. 52, June 30, 1955; 350, August 1958; Biełaruskaje Słova, Ludwigsburg, West Germany, no. 28, July-August 1955.

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