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32 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Born in Ukraine

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Simon Wiesenthal
> Known as: Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter
> Birth year: 1908 (d. 2005)
> Birthplace: Buchach, Kingdom of Galicia, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)

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Sviatoslav Richter
> Known as: Pianist, hailed as “one of the greatest recreative artists of all time”
> Birth year: 1915 (d. 1997)
> Birthplace: Zhytomyr

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Emil Gilels
> Known as: “One of the world’s greatest pianists,” according to the new York Times
> Birth year: 1916 (d. 1985)
> Birthplace: Odessa

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Isaac Stern
> Known as: Multiple-Grammy-winning violinist
> Birth year: 1920 (d. 2001)
> Birthplace: Kremenets (then Poland, now Ukraine)

Stanisław Lem
> Known as: Science fiction writer (“Solaris”), futurologist
> Birth year: 1921 (d. 2006)
> Birthplace: Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Lviv)

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