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that part of Ukraine was Poland back then… but it was populated by ukrainians, jews, poles… contrary to popular beliefs they sometimes intermixed (except some very orthodox jew freaks) so in the end its hard to say if certain person was pole or ukrainian or jew as they because sometiems they were mixed a lot.
Lyčakiv = Lyčakov (ukrainians and some rusyns have suffix -iv instead of -ov)
so yes its part of ľviv today… it seems.
Spewak, Spivak – probably bad transcription of Špivak/evak, means singer. that surname also occurs in village where i live. its bearers came from what is now poland/ukraine border area, west of lviv, but they were rusyns (now slovaks, they are assimilated)… they came here in interwar period when they were persecuted in poland. many also fled to america. few returned.
holodufka is just phonetic transcription of holoduvka, as for Goloduvka, the letter which russians have as G is H in ukrainian, belarusian, rusyn. its common mistake even in slovakia to transcribe it as G in ukrainian names. like užgorod instead of užhorod.

for other villages… keep in mind that villages sometimes change their administrative names, especially when 2 villages are joined under one administration.
or the more sad version. they are destroyed/exterminated. polish, nazi, soviet armies and ukrainian partisans operated in that area during 20th century. many people died. really many. 20th century saw massacres of civilians unseen before.

Yes another reason this has been so complicated.  I thankfully knew the meaning of the surname but was told it was shortened.  This is the list I've compiled of all possible and similar surnames:
Spiwak
Spivak
Spievak
Spevak
Spiewak
Spewak
Spivakovsky/Spivakovska
Spivakovski
Spiwakowski
Spiewakowska/Spiewakowski
Spievakovska/Spievakovski/Spievakovsky
Spivakov
Spivack

This obviously doesn't include all the possibilities with the first letter being Š instead of S.  The family lore is that it was shortened in Hamburg before coming thru Ellis Island.  So, narrowing it down to L'viv area could make this *slightly* easier.. aside from the surname issue. I wouldn't know how to start looking thru documents for this kind of information.  My pradeda had a common Slavic name – Kazimierz. 

My uncle on my mother's side is very close with some people in L'viv though.. maybe I can seek their help.

Barov, may I ask where you live as you say you know Spivak/Spiwaks in your village?

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