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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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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 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

63 Underground OUN Documents
Archived Online

The following information is based on a circulated letter/release in Ukrainian by Andriy Kohut from the Center for Research on the Liberation Movement.

Copies of sixty-three secretly buried documents of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) were published online in the original Ukrainian under the E-archives of the Liberation Movement (AVR) on October 14, 2015, Defender of Ukraine Day. This day celebrates the Ukrainian Army and marks the observed symbolic date when the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) was established in 1942 in Volyn region of Ukraine.

A total of 81 documents along with some personal artefacts were discovered in a cylindrical metal can hidden under the forest floor in southern Khmelnytskyi Oblast. Restoration work is proceeding on 18 documents. All the documents were originally printed for OUN underground movement and include informational brochures, flyers, handwritten notebooks and photographs.

To view the newly-released OUN documents, visit the AVR website at http://avr.org.ua/index.php/ARH/3102/?a=1

Also released electronically is an infographic sheet about UPA prepared in Ukrainian, English and Russian, created by the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Ukraine Crisis Media Center with participation of members from the Center for Research on the Liberation Movement (CRLM).

The electronic archives of the Liberation Movement (avr.org.ua) is a joint project between CRLM, Ivan Franko National University of L'viv, and Lonsky Prison National Museum.

Today, the E-archives have made copies of 22507 documents "for access to the past".                         

                                                                                                                                                Prepared by John Pidkowich, UCRDC