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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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  2. Film on YouTube

  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

Outgoing UCRDC President Prof. Jurij Darewych announced that as of the New Year 2017, Prof. Nicholas Derzko now heads the UCRDC as its new President in a planned succession of leadership approved at the last UCRDC Annual General Meeting in June 2016.  Prof. Darewych remains on the UCRDC Board as Past President.

“Mykola” Derzko was UCRDC Vice President and has been a member for many years.  Prof. Derzko is Associate Professor Emeritus in Mathematics at the University of Toronto where he lectures in

New UCRDC President Nicholas Derzko

mathematics with applications to management science and law.  He is also a practising barrister and solicitor, and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Prof. Nicholas Derzko has full support from UCRDC Board Members, as well as that of the Documentation Centre’s group of archive volunteers who meet on Wednesdays.  In one of Prof. Derzko’s first official functions, he accepted a donation from the volunteers - winning lottery proceeds.

Photo: Prof. Nicholas Derzko - New UCRDC President, receives donation from UCRDC Volunteer Marta Waschuk


On April 19, 2017 Ambassador Waschuk visited UCRDC and shared the latest news from Ukraine.  As a university student, Mr. Roman Waschuk,  Canada's current ambassador in Ukraine,  was involved in preparatory production work on the UCRDC film "Harvest of Despair". 

In signing the UCRDC visitors' book he wrote:

"Happy to join in the non-stop activity of the mega-volunteers at UCRDC!"

Dutch Officers & 
The Ukrainian Insurgent Army

Ambassador Waschuk - second from left


Сидять з ліва на право: Марійка Левицька, Люба Осьмак, Іроїда Винницька. Стоять з ліва: Божена Ґембатюк, Христина Киллам, Уляна Смеречинська, Надія Луців, Марта Ващук, Наталка Мисаковець, Христя Колос, Іван Підкович. Неприсутні: Ліда Палій, Володимира Лучків, Галина Юник, Іраїда Лавришин

УКДДЦ висловлює всім добровольцям щире признання і подяку за їхній невтомний вклад в працю "ЗБЕРЕЖЕННЯ НАШОГО МИНУЛОГО ДЛЯ МАЙБУТНІХ ПОКОЛІНЬ"

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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May 29, 2017

Myroslav Shkandrij, Professor, Department of German and Slavic Studies, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, spent some time at UCRDC consulting the archival materials and researching Ukrainian "Galicia" Halychyna) Division. Professor Shkandrij is preparing a publication on this topic and discussed possible cooperation with UCRDC.

"Приємно познайомитися з вашими матеріялами.  У вас надзвичайно цікава й цінна збірка не тільки текстів, але й звукозаписів про Дивізію "Галичина".  Надіюся на співпрацю в майбутньому."

Мирослав Шкандрій    

A most interesting interview was conducted with Professor Shkandrij as part of our current ORAL HISTORY OF UKRAINIAN CANADA Project. 

Professor Myroslav Shkandrij visits UCRDC

Photo left to right: Professor Myroslav Shkandrij, Iroida Wynnyckyj, Marta Waschuk

вахтанг кіпіані відвідав Укддц

"Колегам з УКДД Центру - ми тільки починаємо усвідомлювати, який величезний внесок зробили українці в спадщину Канади, світу та, власне, України!"  

Вахтанг Кіпіані  

В.Кіпіані - Головний редактор ‘Історичної Правди’ м.Київ та І.Винницька, Архівіст Документаційного Центру, м.Торонто

The Oral History Association of America has awarded UCRDC Interviewer and Researcher Sophia Isajiw one of only five international scholarships to its Annual General Meeting and Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 4–8, 2017), whose theme this year is "Engaging Audiences: Oral History and the Public." The other recipients are from China, Australia, Scotland and Finland.

Isajiw will take part in a roundtable discussion suggested by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium with colleagues Natalia Khanenko–Friesen (University of Saskatchewan and St. Thomas More College), Brent Bezo (Carleton University), and William Noll (Independent Scholar) titled "Intergenerational Consequences of the Holodomor in Ukraine (1932-33 Famine): What Oral History Accounts from Ukraine and the Diaspora Tell Us" on October 4th.

UCRDC wishes Sophia Isajiw a very stimulating and productive conference experience!

From THE ECONOMIST article:

... a documentary film, “Harvest of Despair” (produced by members of Canada’s Ukrainian community) and Robert Conquest’s book “Harvest of Sorrow” began to change minds. For the first time, the word Holodomor (Ukrainian for “killing by hunger”) began to reach large audiences.

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THE ECONOMIST:  Stalin’s famine, a war on Ukraine

A new book details how the Soviet regime buried evidence and even stopped people from fleeing famine-stricken areas in 1932-33

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine. By Anne Applebaum. Doubleday; 496 pages; $35. Allen Lane; £25.

This fall, Ukrainian School students visited UCRDC by starting at the memorial plaque honouring Corporal Filip Konowal VC which is mounted on the wall in the St. Vladimir Institute lobby.  After reading the inscription aloud in Ukrainian, English and French, they proceeded to UCRDC to watch a video about Konowal in English and Ukrainian, and viewed the exhibit "FILIP KONOWAL VC 1887 – 1959  In Memoriam".  Then, they completed a short assignment about Konowal and the Victoria Cross he received for exceptional bravery and leadership shown as a Canadian in WWI in the face of the enemy during the Battle of Hill 70 in Lens, France in 1917.  As a memento of their visit, each student and teacher received a colour bookmark facsimile of the Victoria Cross.


Please see article in New Pathway Ukrainian Weekly Newspaper.


Ukrainian Schools visit UCRDC

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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The currency issued by the Ukrainian National Republic in 1917 was printed with Yiddish as well as Polish and Russian inscriptions alongside Ukrainian. This is most likely the only instance of Yiddish used on a banknote.


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'.


Dear friends of UCRDC

The UCRDC is looking for donations of the following to fill out their library collection of LITOPYS UPA.

As we already have most of the volumes in the first three series, we are looking for only the missing volumes:

  1. Volume 52, 53 of Litopys UPA, Main series

  2. Volume 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 of Nova Series Litopys UPA

  3. Volume 31, 32, 33, 34 of People and events Series

  4. Volumes 1-15 of the Library Series

As we are currently on summer hours, please email or call the UCRDC office to arrange a time for drop off.

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Sincere Thank You

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