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Prior to his university talk, Mr. Parubiy and his parliamentary office special advisor on international issues, Ostap Kryvdyk, visited St. Vladimir Institute and were welcomed by staff and board members at UCRDC, the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC), and Holodomor National Awareness Tour (HNAT), a retrofitted RV operated by the Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) as a mobile interactive learning centre. A brief presentation of their work and activities at UCRDC ensued with an informal round-table exchange of ideas with Mr. Parubiy. He was also interviewed by Prof. Jurij Darewych, UCRDC President, and Andrij Holowaty from a standardized UCRDC list and questions on: the Ukrainian political response to Russian aggression against Ukraine; legislative progress to bring to justice those who ordered and carried out criminal actions against the Euromaidan; and the political right’s stand for Ukraine’s sovereignty, security, and Ukrainian national interests. This short interview in Ukrainian will become part of the Centre’s oral history collection.

Ongoing work at the Centre includes the recording of oral histories compiling a collection of testimonies of: children of Holodomor survivors; post WWII generation of Ukrainian Canadians; and Ukrainians who rescued Jews during WWII. The Centre continues to maintain an extensive collection of oral history interviews, films and documents beneficial to scholarly research and used in the preparation of educational materials, lectures, conferences and exhibits on topics related to Ukrainian issues.

Prepared by John Pidkowich, UCRDC Board Member

Photo: Jessica Zychowicz standing fourth from left, UCRDC volunteers,  graduate students (seated).

An inquisitive and engaging group of University of Toronto graduate students were introduced to the UCRDC during a class field trip on March 23, 2016. Jessica Zychowicz, PhD and Post-doctoral Jacyk Fellow, teaches the course “Gender and Society in Modern Ukraine” and lead her class of MA candidates at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES), UofT on a visit to the Documentation Centre. The students showed interest in the UCRDC and its activities, particularly the recording of oral histories, for as a class they have read Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak’s book Feminists Despite Themselves: Women in Ukrainian Community Life 1884-1939, and discussed women’s organizing activities in the 1920s-30s within the broader socio-political context of the early Soviet era.

Iroida Wynnyckyj, UCRDC Archivist, welcomed Dr. Zychowicz’s class to the Centre, introduced its staff and volunteers, and showed a promotional video giving them an initial overview of the Centre. Board member Nadia Luciw gave a tour of the Centre and introduced the students to the collections in the Archives. Next was a brief “stop” at the National Holodomor Awareness Tour (HNAT), with a welcome and explanation of the “Bus” project by Roma Dzerowicz. Following, UCRDC board member Chrystia Kolos informed the class and gave a user access demonstration on the online electronic catalogue of Oral Histories at the Centre.

After familiarizing themselves with the Holomodor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) which is located on UCRDC premises,  the group returned to a more focused classroom setting by listening to a presentation of the bookExtraordinary Lives of Ordinary Women. The students had already become familiar in class with this compilation of twentieth century oral histories in women’s studies. As book editor, Ms. Wynnyckyj proposed that this study of primary source interviews as a collection could be re-titled appropriately as “extraordinary lives of extraordinary women”. Analysis of these life stories indicates that the Ukrainian women’s movement was characteristic of similar self-help women’s movements of emergent colonial countries since 1945, and an important dimension of East European and Soviet history. The participants then were treated to meet live one of the book’s subjects: Mrs. Volodymyra Luczkiw, UCRDC senior volunteer.

In the context of current events, Dr. Zychowicz later commented on the illegal imprisonment in Russia of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko which had been mentioned in passing, and after the UCRDC visit, will be discussed next in class in greater depth.

For added perspective, UCRDC volunteer Krystyna Kiszczuk Killam spoke about the lives of Ukrainian women as displaced persons and newly-arrived in Great Britain after World War II. To highlight  the ongoing project activities at the Centre, UCRDC student researcher Zorianna Kulyk explained her work involvement around compiling a collection of testimonies of Ukrainians who rescued Jews during WWII, an initiative of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE).

By John Pidkowich, UCRDC Board Member                 


Presentation of book: "Extraordinary lives of ordinary women.

Oral history of the 20th century". 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 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

Роман Колісник народився 1923 р. на Тернопільщині. Закінчивши гімназію, подався до Дивізії "Галичина", досягнув ранґу хорунжого. По звільнені 1947 р. жив у Мюнхені, а в 1949 р. переїхав до Австралії. В 1957 р. виїхав до Канади, де в 1960 р. одружився з Галею Солтикевич. Галя Колісник померла 2007 р.

У Канаді Роман Колісник працював в адміністрації газети "Вільне слово" та тижневика "Новий шлях", в якомy поміщував свої фейлетони. Рівночасно отримав диплом фінансового аналітика (Certified Management Accountant) i працював в уряді Онтаріо.

Його гуморески, фейлетони, статтті ─ друкувалися в різних газетах і журналах Канади, США , а з часом ─ України. В 1986 р. виходить його перша гумористична збірка "Тяжко бути політичним еміґрантом" під псевдонімом Walter Cap. Працював над перекладом книги начального оперативного відділу штабу Вольфа-Дітріха Гайке "Sie wolten die Freiheit" (Вони хотіли волі). З'являються його інші гумористичні збірки. В роках 2000 до 2012 працює редактором журналу "Вісті Комбатанта".

Роман Колісник був членом Національної спілки письменників України. У Тернопільському обласному краєзнавчому музеї зберігається його особистий фонд. Разом з дружиною Галею, він заснував у Канадському інституті українських студій "Вічний фонд" призначений на переклади україномовних художніх творів ─ спогадів, щоденників та листування ─ українських авторів Канади.

Роман Колісник помер 10-го січня 2016 р.

В Торонті помер Дивізійник і письменник Роман Колісник

Ліда Палій одержала Премію Досягнення Сеніорів (Senior Achievement Award) 26-го листопада ц.р. Започаткована в 1986-му році, премія відзначує людей які, після 65 років життя, зробили вагомий вклад у розвиток своєї громади. Премія, у формі грамоти, була вручена Ліді Палій в резиденції губернатора провінції ─ Елізабетою Довдесвелл ─ в присутності Маріо Сергіо, провінційного Міністра відповідального за Сеніорські Справи. Грамота, яка вручена Ліді Палій, описала її досягнення ось так:

"Ліда Палій ─ письменник і перекладач. Присвятила багато свого часу щоб довести унікальний голос українських письменників канадським читачам. Впродовж п'яти років вона була головою Світової ассоціяції українських письменників "Слово". Вона  організувала семінарі і літературні читання щоб познайомити ширшу публіку з українськими письменниками і їх творами".

"Впродовж більше ніж десять років, Ліда працювала з Міжнародним Фестивалем Письменників (International Authors' Festival) який щорічно проходить в Торонті ─ один з найбільших і найбільш багатогранних у світі".

Завдяки її зусиль, шестеро письменників з України (Іван Драч, Ігор Калинець, Василь Голобородько, Мукола Воробйов, Оксана Забушко, Юрій Андрухович) мали можливість взяти участь у фестивалі і читати свої твори на все-канадському форумі. Ліди зобов'язання супроти запрошених до Торонта письменників було широким. Напримір, вона мусіла подбати щоб була видрукувана одна книжка письменника в перекладі на англійську мову. А через брак знання англійської з боку українців. вона служила як їх ґід і знайомила їх з канадськими письменниками.

"Ліда Палій, на протязі довгих років, є активним доброволцем в Українсько-Канадському Дослідчо- Документаційному Центрі, де під цю пору вона перечитує недруковані архівні мемуари ─ спогади. Вона присвячує довгі години цій роботі ─ розшифровує їх і готує електронні верзії. Цією клопіткою працею, Ліда допомагає зберегти унікальний матеріял для наступних поколінь".

Оксана Закидальська

Ліда Палій нагороджена провінційною премією

As its mandate, the UCRDC collects, catalogues and preserves material documenting the history, culture and contributions of Ukrainians throughout the world. The primary outcome of this work allows the Centre to produce documentary films, prepare educational materials, and sponsor lectures, conferences and exhibits on various topics related to Ukrainian issues.

The UCRDC is grateful to the Curkowskyj Fund and CFUS, and appreciates their generous financial support in acknowledgement of the important work done by the Centre.

                                                                                                      Prepared by John Pidkowich, UCRDC


Commencing in 2015, the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre has been designated by Christine Curkowskyj to receive an annual $5,000 grant for at least five years from the Curkowskyj Fund, held, managed and disbursed by the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies (CFUS).

Grant monies have supported scholarly research activities undertaken by UCRDC. In 2015, four research students had the opportunity to contribute to the organization and cataloguing of the UCRDC archival holdings and gain appreciation of the historical material relevant to the Centre's mandate.

Financial support from the Curkowskyj Fund and CFUS was allocated by UCRDC for Phillip Sochan's work on standardizing the UCRDC oral history catalogue data (audio and video) in preparation for placement on the UCRDC website. Summer students Mark Waschuk continued work on the digitization of oral history video recordings, and Yaryna Kudla assisted in preparing a catalogue of the Divizia Halychyna archival collection. Zorianna Kulyk prepared a Powerpoint presentation and work sheet on Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, and conducted an in-house class visit by senior students from the Ukrainian National Federation - Toronto West Ukrainian School on October 17, 2015.

Mrs. Wolodymyra Luczkiw and Mrs.Christine Curkowskyj

Andriy Parubiy and Prof. Jurij Darewych

Andriy Parubiy, Ukrainian Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Visits UCRDC

On a working visit to Canada, Andriy Parubiy, First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine) came to the University of Toronto on February 22, 2016 on invitation to deliver a lecture at the Munk School of Global Affairs: "Reforms and Security in Ukraine two years after the Euromaidan/Revolution of Dignity".

Andriy Parubiy is regarded as the leader of the Maidan Revolution of Dignity. He is immediate past Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDCU) and served in that role during the critical period at the onset of Russian aggression. Together with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, and Oleksandr Turchynov, NSDCU Secretary, he is a founding member of the People’s Front Political Party. Fourth on the list of candidates from the People’s Front, his organization Maidan Self Defence has 16 members elected to Ukraine’s parliament in October 2014 who belong to the People’s Front and BPP faction.

В суботу 5 -ого березня 2016, через головний вхід Інституту
Св. Володимира ввійшов великий гурт дітей та молоді - члени осередку СУМ - Mississauga зі своєю головною булавною
Зоряною Кілик. Зоряна, під цю пору,  працює в УКДДЦ  над проєктом:  'Українці що допомагали  жидам - євреям під час Голокосту".  Як дбайлива виховниця, Зоряна дуже хотіла розказати дітям про Українсько-Канадський Дослідчо-Документаційний Центр та показати їм, що в Центрі зберігається та відбувається.

Діти мали змогу подивитися на анімаційний фільм 'My Baba's Kitchen' створений Стефцею Туренко. Стефця пояснила дітям як вона зацікавилася розповідями своєї бабуні і як це спонукало її  створити фільм.  Дівчинка у фільмі, допомагаючи своїй бабуні ліпити вареники, довідується, як бабуся приїхала до Канади і зустрілася з дідусем.

Цим коротеньким і дуже доступним фільмом молода канадська  українка   зуміла передати глядачам важливість родинної історії та збереження її для майбутніх поколінь.

Божена Ґембатюк

Молодь відвідує УКДДЦ

Фото: Стефця Туренко розповідає дітям про фільм

Academic Visits to UCRDC

Photo: UCRDC Archivist Iroida Wynnyckyj (left) meets with visiting Prof. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, oral history program director, Ukrainian Heritage Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan

March 18, 2016

UCRDC Honoured by Mustafa Dzhemilev’s Visit

Mustafa Dzhemilev, leader of Crimean Tatars and elected Deputy in Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament) visited UCRDC  May 19, 2016 during his short working visit to Canada, which was hosted by the Canadian Association of Crimean Tatars headed by Rustem Irsay. 

Mr. Dzemilev was most impressed with the extent of topics and quality of materials found in the UCRDC Archives.  Their importance is a benefit to Ukrainian Canadians and seen as  a contribution to Canada in general.

Writing in the Crimean Tatar language, Mr. Dzhemilev commented in the UCRDC guest book on the significance of the Centre for Ukrainians and an example for every nation that seeks to preserve its archival documents and the truth about its own history.

(Left to right) Marta Baziuk, Elvira Saale, Bozhena Gembatiuk, Mustafa Dzhemilev,  Rustem Irsay

Excerpts of Mustafa Dzhemilev’s comments in Ukrainian and English translations are found below.

"Трагічна доля українців, страшні злочини проти волелюбного народу, гірка історія, яку намагалися викреслити злочинці радянської влади - все це зібрано в цьому надзвичайному музеї. Вся правда, яку Ви збирали важким трудом, - дуже важлива для усього світу. Я вдячний Вам за Ваш неперевершений труд, мої брати та сестри, і вдячний всім людям, які допомогали Вам у Вашій відданій праці."   

З пошаною, Мустафа Джемілєв

“The tragic fate of Ukrainians, terrible crimes against a freedom-loving people, a bitter history which the criminal Soviet regime attempted to eradicate – all this has been collected in this extraordinary museum. The entire truth which you have collected [here] with great effort and difficulty is very important for the whole world. I am grateful for your unsurpassed efforts, my brothers and sisters, and thank everyone who assisted you in your dedicated work.”

Mr. Dzhemilev writing in the UCRDC guest book

Members and collaborators of the UCRDC wish to express our great sadness at the passing of Orest Subtelny, our long-time historical advisor.

Orest Subtelny (1941-2016) was a Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Toronto's York University. A prolific scholar, he is best known for his book "Ukraine a History", which was published by the University of Toronto Press in four additions to date (first edition 1988, fourth edition 2009).

The book has been translated into Ukrainian, Russian and other languages. The Ukrainian version is available as an audio-book (36 hrs and 36 min).

Please see Globe and Mail article/obituary about Orest Subtelny.

Globe and Mail Article Obituary on Orest Subtelny  22 VIII 2016.pdf

For more information:




Дирекція, добровольці й адміністрація Українсько-Канадського Дослідчо-Документаційного Центру складають Родині і Друзям
св.п. Ореста Субтельного
Найщиріші Співчуття.

УКДДЦ особливо оцінює Його важливий науковий вклад в українську історію.

вічна йому пам’ять.

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. 


John Pidkowich

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

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.

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 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.

New UCRDC President Nicholas Derzko

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!"

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

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

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'.


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