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The UCRDC produces documentary films, prepares educational materials, and sponsors lectures, conferences and exhibits on various topics related to Ukrainian issues.

It also functions as a resource centre with catalogued archives, oral histories (audio and video), photographs, memoirs and personal archives.

The UCRDC depends on voluntary donations – both individual and institutional - for its financing.

It provides receipts for tax purposes.

The one-hour documentary deals with the 1932-33 Famine-Genocide in Ukraine

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Harvest of Despair

Between Hitler and Stalin: Ukraine in World War II, the Untold Story

The one-hour documentary recounts events in Ukraine on the brink and during the course of World WarII.

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  3. Film with Russian Subtitles

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UCRDC Archive, established in 1988, acquires, preserves, and makes available documentary sources relevant to the Ukrainian Canadian Community. Access to the archival holdings is provided for legitimate researchers, academics and students. Materials available include ─ video and audio interviews, videos, films, photographs, documents, and books.

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“In its archives, the UCRDC has a collection of oral history testimonies of Ukrainian Canadians who served in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII ...

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Oral History – Canadian Armed Forces

Travelling exhibit about the internment of Ukrainians in Canada, 1914-20, includes  full text of the exhibit panels.

Exhibit included the showing of Yuri Luhovy’s film about internment, Freedom Had a Price

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The Barbed Wire Solution

The groundbreaking oral history project Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak consists of interviews with children of the survivors of the Ukrainian Holodomor (genocidal famine) and is the first such project to address its impact on the lives of the second generation of survivors in the diaspora.

We are grateful to the Temerty family for their gift of support which made this project possible.

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Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak

Dutch Officers & 
The Ukrainian Insurgent Army

Between mid-1942 and the beginning of 1944 the German prisoner of war camp Stalag 371 in Stanislav (now city of Ivano-Frankivs’k in Western Ukraine) was used to house some 2400 Dutch officers as prisoners of war. After Germany occupied the Netherlands in May 1940 most of the Dutch officers were taken as prisoners of war and sent to German POW camps in Germany and later on some of them were sent to POW camp in then occupied Stanislav.

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As one of UCRDC’S current projects,  interviews with Ukrainians who assisted Jews during the Holocaust bring together insights and first person witness accounts on Ukrainian Jewish relations.

These include oral history interviews with Ukrainians who took great personal risks by assisting Jews during the Holocaust, recent perspectives by Ukrainian Jewish leaders, pertinent documents and textual resources.

The project explores the shared history of the two peoples and brings to the forefront previously unknown accounts of heroism and survival.

We are grateful to the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE) for support which made this project possible.

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Quest for Historical Resources on Holodomor

and Nazi Criminal Atrocities in Ukraine at UCRDC

Research historian Tanja Penter was visiting from Heidelberg, Germany and welcomed at UCRDC on March 13-14, 2018, which included an interview. Ms. Penter was searching for materials on the Holodomor Famine Genocide in Soviet Ukraine 1932-33, particularly, first-hand diary accounts, personal letters or oral history interviews about violence perpetrated against individuals or groups of persons. Similarly, she was also keen to come across eye-witness accounts of Nazis and Soviets (and those complicit with them) to commit atrocities of personal violence in occupied Ukraine during World War II. First-hand accounts are preferred for their immediacy and accuracy of events over later made recollections, such as those found in memoirs, where memory sometimes could become compromised.

Tanja Penter is a professor of Eastern European History at Heidelberg University, Germany. Her research interests include: comparison of dictatorships, Soviet war crimes trials, questions of transitional justice and compensation for Nazi crimes and memory policies in the Soviet Union and its successor states. Her books include: Kohle für Stalin und Hitler. Arbeiten und Leben im Donbass 1929 bis 1953 (Essen 2010). She is a member of the German-Russian and the German-Ukrainian Commission of Historians among other institutions.

Prof. Penter was at the University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs, to deliver a talk on March 14 entitled "Child victims and female perpetrators: Dealing with the Nazi-murder of disabled children in the post-war Soviet Union". In November 1943, shortly after the liberation of Nazi occupied Soviet Ukraine, three mass graves with the bodies of 144 disabled children were discovered in Zaporizhia oblast. They had been shot in two mass murder actions by a German SS special unit in October 1941 and in March 1943. Seven male and female former Soviet  employees of the disabled children's colony were put on trial and convicted for complicity with the Germans in the crime. The trial documentation in many ways presents a fascinating historical resource ... from Munk School of Global Affairs U of T web-site.

The Munk talk was sponsored by the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies, Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, and the  Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at U of T.

By John Pidkowich, UCRDC Board Member

Photo left to right: Tanja Penter, Iroida Wynnyckyj, John Pidkowich

Olesia Stasiuk at UCRDC

Photo (left to right): A. Makuch, N. Derzko, S. Isajiw, Olesia Stasiuk, J. Darewych, I. Wynnyckyj
Standing in the rear:  B. Onyschuk & Mr. Stasiuk

In recognition of April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month,  while participating in a series of presentations across several Canadian cities, the General Director of the National Museum Holodomor Victims' Memorial (NMHVN) in Kyiv, Ukraine - Olesia Stasiuk visited the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre.

Ms. Stasiuk met with UCRDC President Dr. Nicholas Derzko and other members who familiarized Ms. Stasiuk with the contents of the UCRDC Archives and showed her excerpts from several very important interviews with witnesses and survivors of Holodomor.

Ms. Stasiuk thanked members of UCRDC for sharing their insights and opening the archives to her.  She then presented her museum's future plans and projects and discussed her intent for future cooperation with the Centre.

7 травня 1991 року, амбасадор України в Канаді Левко Лук'яненко відвідав Українсько-Канадський Дослідчо-Документаційний Центр.

На фото в УКДДЦ: (з ліва): Ярослав Соколик, Надія Лук'яненко, Іроїда Винницька, Левко Лук'яненко - амбасадор України в Канаді.

Levko Lukianenko

Левко Лук'яненко

7 липня 2018 року,  відійшов у вічність св. п. Левко Лук'яненко - Герой України, український дисидент, член Гельсінської Спілки та один з авторів акту 'Про Незалежність України'.


While participating in a conference in Toronto at which she delivered a paper on: Gender and Violence in the Oral Testimonies of Holodomor, the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33, Karolina Koziura, PhD student at The New School for Social Research in New York City, once again visited UCRDC.  As part of her thesis research topic "The production of knowledge about Holodomor," Karolina conducted interviews with Professor Juriy Darewych,  Professor Wsevolod Isajiw and  Mr. Bohdan Onyschuk, three founding members of the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre who were instrumental in the initiation and production of the first documentary film about Holodomor Harvest of Despair.

Karolina wrote in UCRDC's guestbook:

"It was one of the best research experiences during my PhD work. The archive is truly amazing with a unique collection on Holodomor and collectivization......... This is one of the best archives on Ukrainian history......"

Photo: Karolina Koziura and Professor Juriy Darewych

Researcher Karolina Koziura's second visit to UCRDC

Photo (left to right): Iroida Wynnyckyj, Karolina Koziura,
Bozhena Gembatiuk

The Chumak Way team is biking for peace and in support of families and orphans who suffered from war in Eastern Ukraine.

Within 100 days, 10 Ukrainian volunteers and war veterans are cycling 10,000 km., through more than 400 towns and cities of the US and Canada. The cycling tour started in Los Angeles and will end in Washington D.C.

Yesterday, August 2, 2018 – the team visited St. Vladimir Institute and the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre.

the chumak way team

Our MAJOR supporteRS

(in alphabetical order)

  1. BCU Foundation, Toronto

  2. Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies - Curkowskyj Fund, Toronto

  3. Cosbild Club, Toronto

  4. Mrs Delores Buka-Huculak, Toronto

  5. Holodomor Research & Education Consortium, Edmonton

  6. Ihnatowycz Family Foundation, Toronto

  7. Prometheus Foundation -Stefan Onyszcuk & Stefania Szwed Foundation, Toronto

  8. Shevchenko Foundation (Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko), Winnipeg

  9. Shevchenko Foundation, Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund

  10. SUS Foundation of Canada, Toronto

  11. Temerty Family Foundation, Toronto

  12. The Homenko Fund, Winnipeg

  13. The Huculak Foundation, Toronto

  14. The Kalimin Foundation, Toronto

  15. Shevchenko Foundation

  16. Ukrainian Credit Union Limited, Toronto

  17. Ukrainian Senior Citizens Home of Taras H. Shevchenko

As part of the HOLODOMOR MEMORIAL unveiling event yesterday in Toronto, UCRDC was asked to prepare an exhibit showing its role in starting (in 1982) to research, promote and disseminate information about Holodomor.  Two years later, exactly 34 years ago, on Sunday, October 21,  UCRDC launched the first documentary film about Holodomor - HARVEST OF DESPAIR , which premiered on that day at University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Building!

In November 2018, our French version of Harvest of Despair

La Moisson Du Désespoir  will be screened in Pessac,  France at the FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM D'HISTOIRE.

UCRDC continues to produce films, record oral history interviews and collect and digitize important and reliable historical information to ensure that: "The Past is Preserved for Future Generations!"



Photo by Krystyna Killam

Дирекція, Адміністрація та Добровольці УКДДЦ зі смутком повідомляють, що наша довголітня членкиня та доброво-лець Світлої Пам’яті Д-р Ірена Мороз відійшла на вічний спочинок 18 жовтня 2018 року.

Їі вклад в успіх УКДДЦ, а зокрема архіву, були безцінними.

Висловлюємо глибоке співчуття родині та друзям покійної.



Showcasing interesting historic memorabilia and archival materials commemorating Ukrainian independence over the last 100 years.

Includes special series of stamps, banknotes, bonds and postcards issued with the establishment of Independent Ukraine in 1918, many of them created by outstanding artists of the time. Heorhiy Narbut - master graphic artist and president of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts in Kyiv incorporated exquisite Ukrainian baroque ornaments and decorative fonts in his design of the 100 - hryvnia bill released in that year.

Exhibit can be viewed Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. and will be up until the middle of December 2018.

A joint exhibit by UCRDC and the Ukrainian Collectibles Society (Toronto)

journalism students from lviv working with ucrdc archives

Two students, Olia Kutyshenko and Maryna Vereshchaka, from the School of Journalism at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine arrived at UCRDC for four weeks of research with their research director, Vakhtang Kipiani, on the Ukrainian Division "Halychyna."

They will be doing a presentation for the public on Dec. 5th at UNF Hall, 145 Evans Ave. at 7pm. The presentation will be in Ukrainian, all are welcome.

UCRDC greets and congratu-lates recently elected President of the Ukrainian World Congress Paul Grod and newly elected President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alexandra Chyczij and wishes them all the best in their leadership endeavours.

we wish them all the best!

Оксана Кісь – докторка історичних наук, старша наукова співробітниця Інституту народознавства НАН України, президентка Української асоціації дослідниць жіночої історії.

В четвер 31 січня 2019 року, 7:00 година веч. в театрі Інституту Св. Володимира 620 Spadina Avenue Toronto

запрошуємо на доповідь

Andrij Makuch, a dear colleague and valued member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre

for 17 years, passed away suddenly on January 18, 2019.


Andrij was Senior Manuscript Editor of the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine and research coordinator in the Toronto office of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS).

Andrij has been recently very involved in the production of the UCRDC documentary film about Ukrainian contributions to the Canadian military during World War II.

Andrij was always available and willing to share his expertise on the history of Ukrainian Canadians.

He will be truly missed by everyone at UCRDC as well as the many guest researchers who benefited from his knowledge.