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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 first prize of the Wasyl Janischewskyj scholarship, established by the UCRDC and valued at $8,000, has been awarded to Nadia Zavorotna of Toronto. Ms Zavorotna submitted, as her research topic, "Ukrainian émigré scholarly life in Czechoslovakia in the interward period".

The monograph will include the following topics: opportunities the Czechoslovak government provided for the participatation in the academic, social and cultural life; institutions of higher learning created there by Ukrainian scholars, their biographies and publishing activities. Her methodology will include online research and scholarly travel ─ to Prague, Munich and Harvard ─ to consult primary sources and rare periodicals.

Ms Zavorotna is a history graduate of Chernivtsi National University and holds an MA in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies from the University of Toronto. She is a professional librarian and works as a Reference Specialist at the Petro Jacyk Resource Centre at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Janischewskyj was born in Prague in 1925, studied engineering in postwar Germany and the University of Toronto. Although a scientist by profession, he devoted much time and effort to Ukrainian historical research, particularly to the production of UCRDC films Harvest of Despair and Between Hitler and Stalin - Ukraine in WWII. He died in Toronto on February 16, 2011. (212 words)

Photo: Nadia Zavorotna and Prof. Mykola Derzko

The Wasyl Janischewskyj Scholarship Awarded

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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Archive

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 UCRDC cooperates with Leonid Finberg of the Center for Studies of the History and Culture of East European Jews, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, on the project "I am my brother's keeper."

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Ukrainian - Jewish Relations

Presentation of book: "Extraordinary fates of ordinary women. 20th century oral history". Editor Iroida Wynnycka

The book includes 21 fully transcribed interviews with women who lived (in Ukraine) and describe their lives during such events as World Wars I and II, and the interwar period. They lived through repressions, de-kulakization, the Holodomor 1932-33, deportations and imprisonment in Nazi and Soviet concentration camps; women who helped the UPA, rescued Jews and organized the Pioneers.

The Book was published in 2008 at the request of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance. There are 19 volumes: 17 volumes by oblast, one for the city of Kyiv and one all-Ukrainian volume. The oblast volumes contain descriptions of the sources used. The all-Ukrainian volume includes analytical, geographic, bibliographic, chronological, bibliographic and photographic sources of the study of the Holodomor.

National Book of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine in the years 1932-1933 (in Ukrainian)

The oldest interviewee was born in 1893, the youngest ─  in 1934. The interviewees were from Australia, Canada, Germany, Poland, USA and Ukraine. The 835 page book was published by UCRDC and printed in Lviv (2013). Series: spohady, shchodennyky, interview.

Prof. Frank Sysyn introducing the book "Extraordinary fates of ordinary women. 20th century oral history" at its presentation in Toronto on Sept. 5, 2014

The UCRDC received the full set of the Book from the Museum of the Remembrance of the Holodomors in Kyiv.

The work on the Book is not complete because, during the presidential term of Victor Yanukovich, the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance lost its juridical status. In 2013 Volodymyr Viatrovych was appointed to head the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance and it is expected that work on Holodomor research will continue.

Researchers and the public are invited to consult the volumes of the National Book of Remembrance at the offices of the UCRDC at 620 Spadina Ave., Toronto. E-mail: office@ucrdc.ca