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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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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

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

Holodomor researcher and demographer Dr. Oleh Wolowyna from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill visited UCRDC at St. Vladimir Institute on September 15, 2016, prior to his lecture "What do we really know about the Holodomor: new research results" given at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium.

Dr. Wolowyna currently is completing his second Fulbright Research Grant in Ukraine on the Holodomor working with a team of demographers at the Institute of Demography and Social Sciences, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv. 

The main purpose of Dr. Wolowyna’s visit was to deposit with the UCRDC videos of 10 interviews of Holodomor survivors, professionally produced by the Ukrainian Studio of Chronical-documentary films (“Ukrkinokhronika”) in Kyiv, and donated by the Studio for the Ukrainian diaspora to use and inform about the Holodomor.

Dr. Wolowyna was welcomed to UCRDC by Prof. Jurij Darewych, President, Iroida Wynnyckyj, Archivist, and Bozhena Gembatiuk, Executive Administrator who showed him the Centre's Holodomor section, including supporting documents, materials and videos used for the award winning documentary film Harvest of Despair produced by UCRDC in 1984.

In conjunction with his visit, Dr. Wolowyna also met Marta Baziuk, Executive Director at the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC),  and Bohdan Onyschuk from the Holodomor National Awareness Tour, a mobile learning classroom to engage/educate students and the public across Canada about the Holodomor - Famine Genocide organized by Josef Stalin and carried out in the Ukrainian S.S.R. and adjoining regions of the Russian Federation populated primarily by Ukrainians, particularly the Kuban Region during 1932-33. Group discussion centred on Dr. Wolowyna's analysis,  which questions traditional views of numbers of life losses and victims, based on recent demographic research results, discovered documents, and available data. His comparative quantitative analysis of regional famine losses in Ukraine and in Russia, he contends, provides a new perspective on the Holodomor in Ukraine and the 1932-1934 famine, generally, in the Soviet Union. 


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Dr. Oleh Wolowyna visits UCRDC

Left to right: UCRDC President Jurij Darewych, Iroida Wynnyckyj, Dr. Oleh Wolowyna

were and are active in the development and the vitality of a Ukrainian Canada. To date, 60 interviews have been recorded as this project continues. Today, we announce the website launch of this project, which includes video clips and information from selected interviews that can be viewed through this link: ucrdc.org/ohuc  

These interviews focus on the person’s life story and how they adapted to Canadian society. This focus includes their motivation for participation in the life and organizations of the Ukrainian Canadian community, and what principles, worldviews and beliefs guided them in their accomplishments. The interviews discuss their contributions to the development of the social, cultural, economic and political affairs of Ukrainian Canada and the Canadian community in general. And they also ask how they became interested in Ukrainian-related issues if they are not Ukrainian.

These collected oral histories will ensure that present and future generations are connected to their cultural heritage and its contributions to the larger society. They will help to promote lifelong Ukrainian Canadian learning and foster a stronger and more meaningful continuity of contemporary Canadian and Ukrainian life. UCRDC is dedicated to preserving the past and present for future generations!

A project of this caliber requires a significant investment. If you are interested in sponsoring this program, please visit our website to make a donation online, or mail your contribution to the UCRDC office. For more information, contact UCRDC’s Executive Administrator at office@ucrdc.org.

During this 125th anniversary year of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre has embarked on a grand new oral history project collecting audio-visual interviews with persons from all walks of life that

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

Oksana Zakydalsky Awarded for Excellence
by UCC, Honoured by UCRDC

Left to right:  Paul Grod - UCC National President, Oksana Zakydalsky,Taras Bahriy - UCC Toronto President, Jurij Darewych - UCRDC President

At the year-end UCRDC Board Meeting on December 5, 2016 in a festive holiday spirit, members shared their joy in congratulating long-time member Oksana Zakydalsky, who on November 22 at a UCC Toronto meeting was presented theUkrainian Canadian Congress Leadership Award of Excellence for her significant contribution to the broader Ukrainian community and the betterment of Canada.

Oksana Zakydalsky is a valued UCRDC Board Member who has contributed since 1988, collecting and archiving documents, developing educational materials and writing numerous press releases and articles. In particular, she conducted oral history interviews with former World War II Canadian Ukrainian servicemen archived in the oral history collection and formatted for internet access, and now a resource for the UCRDC documentary film project “Ukrainian Canadian Military Contributions in World War II”. Currently, Oksana is a member of the film production committee.


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!"

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