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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

  1. Annotated scripts for this film.

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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.

  1. Annotated scripts for this film

  2. Film on YouTube

  3. Film with Russian Subtitles

  4. Companion book.pdf

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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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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, CIUS, University of Alberta

  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

The website HOLODOMOR MONUMENTS IN UKRAINE was created by the Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre on the basis of information collected and presented to UCRDC by Vitalіy Ohienko, senior scholar at the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory in Kyiv.

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Official Statement from President and Office on our status with the Coronavirus Outbreak

"They saved other people's children, risking their own"

Lecture by Dr. Igor Shchupak, Director of "Tkuma" Ukrainian Institute For Holocaust Studies and the Museum "Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine".

Held on September 20, 2018 at St. Vladimir Theatre in Toronto

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film “Harvest of Despair”
in 4 languages


Нажаль під цю пору працюємо віртуально, а минулого року ми були всі разом.


всім нашим добровольцям за їхню віддану добровільну працю щоби ‘зберегти наше минуле для будучих поколінь’. А в цей нелегкий час бажаємо кріпкого здоров’я і надії на краще завтра коли ми знова зійдемося в приміщенні УКДДЦ.

Іроїда Винницька

Координатор добровольців

Склад архівного гуртка добровольців:

Смеречинська Уляна (12 років); Луців Надія (11 років); Левицька Марійка (9 років); Юник Галя (8 років); Ващук Марта (8 років); Осмак Люба (7 років); Колос Христя (5 років); Кіллам Христина (4 роки); Фіґоль Богдан (3 роки); Мисаковець Наталка (3 роки); Закидальська Оксана (2 роки); Батлер Калина (2 роки); Підкович Іван (2 роки); Дмитраш Петро (1 рік)

Інтерв’юери та інші добровольці:

Сливинська Роксоляна; Ігор Томків; Колос Богдан; Скоп Надя, Гурко Марійка

Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and with it Prayers of Remembrance and Peace honoured the service and sacrifices of Ukrainian-Canadian servicemen and women stationed at St. James’s Church, Paddington in London, England. The service was also meant to unveil a stained-glass window in honour of the Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen Association (UCSA), which operated out of the church’s vicarage. The unveiling ceremony Remembering 'The Heroes of their Day' is now planned for November 2020.

Over 35,000 Canadians of Ukrainian descent served in the Canadian military during World War II. The servicemen and women were not only an integral part of the Canadian military during wartime, but also made a significant contribution to the development of Canadian postwar policy on displaced persons and refugees. The UCRDC, in its Oral History Archive, has 40 interviews with Ukrainians who were in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II, and has recently completed a new documentary film about the immense contributions of Ukrainian Canadians to Canada's WWII efforts. A trailer has been produced to be available for viewing in the near future. The film has been entered in several film festivals and will be screened across Canada.

Diana Stepczuk, Bozhena Gembatiuk

The “A Canadian War Story” trailer on YouTube:


A century ago, the Sich Riflemen were trailblazers in the 1914-1921 fight for Ukrainian self-determination and defence of independence. Many veterans subsequently emigrated to Canada, and about fifty settled in what is now the Greater Toronto Area.

The ceremonial banner of the Toronto Branch of the Brotherhood of Ukrainian Sich Riflemen is now on prominent display at the Ukrainian Military History Museum in Kyiv. UCRDC has in its collection the original 1954 photo tableau of members of the Toronto Branch.  To complement and update it, we are putting out a call to descendants of these veterans and to all those who hold their memory dear:

- as cemeteries open up post-lockdown, take a picture of the gravesite monument honouring any one of these veterans that you are aware of, and post to our UCRDC Facebook page;

- add any information that you can glean from the monument (eg dates and places of birth and death, rank etc) or any other USR-related information that you might have in family collections.

In sharing photos and historical data, you’ll be contributing to a broader drive in Ukraine and the diaspora to ensure that veterans’ service and heroism are not lost to history because of 20th century displacement and dispersal.

UCRDC will bring your contributions together and make them available on our web and social media resources.

To assist you in documenting the final resting places of the USR veterans, a photo of the tableau is attached, and a transcribed list of names is copied below (actual spellings may vary).

Row 1

М. Луцик / M. Lutsyk

М. Білас / M. Bilas

С. Бріль / S. Bril

С. Булак / S. Bulak

К. Ващук / C. Waschuk

П. Веприк / P. Wepryk

П. Береза / P. Bereza

С. Віндик / S. Windyk

Row 2

В. Гірник / V. Hirnyk

І. Гірник / I. Hirnyk

І. Голубець / I. Holubets

М. Девосир / M. Devosyr

М. Дусяк / M. Dusiak

В. Когут / V. Kohut

І. Когут / I. Kohut

Л. Кордяк / L. Kordiak

В. Кривоус / V. Krywous

І. Кузич / I. Kuzych

Т. Кульчицький / T. Kulchytskyi

Row 3

П. Лозовський / P. Lozowsky

В. Левицький / W. Lewyckyj

О. Левицький / O. Lewyckyj

Т. Лотоцький / T. Lotockyj

Т. Стрілець / T. Strilets

М. Луцький / M. Luckyj

В Маріянський / V. Mariansky

Row 4

С Мацкевич / S. Matskevych

І. Ґада / I. Gada

А. Мондляк / A. Mondlak

А. Моспанюк / A. Mospaniuk

М. Пелешак / M. Peleshak

І. Озаркевич / I. Ozarkevych

І. Особа / I. Osoba

О. Сєцінський / O. Siecinsky

Т. Смеречинський / T. Smerechynsky

Row 5

Я. Солтикевич / Ya. Soltykevych

С. Теребуш / S. Terebush

В. Тисяк / W. Tysiak

о. А. Г. Трух / Rev. A. H. Truch

П. Фіцич / P. Fitsych

о. С. Хабурський / Rev. S. Chabursky

М. Хархаліс / M. Charchalis

І. Цибульський / I. Cybulsky

С. Чорномаз / S. Chornomaz

В. Винницький / W. Wynnyckyj

І. Юріїв / I. Yuriyiv

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A collection of 55 HOLODOMOR MONUMENTS from around the world, commemorating the Ukrainian Famine - Genocide 1932-1933, exhibited at UCRDC in 2019 / 2020.

Monuments found in:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belorus, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Paraguay, Poland, Sardinia, Slovakia, United Kingdom, USA.

Photos and details coming soon.

If you are aware of any monuments which have not been included, please contact UCRDC with information.

Dr. Thomas Prymak has just completed writing an extensive article about the career and scholarly contributions of the late Orest Subtelny. (Funded by the Subtelny Fund at UCRDC).

  1. Orest Subtelny as Historian-eng.pdf

  2. Orest Subtelny as Historian-ukr.pdf

Orest Subtelny as Historian