HOME  |  ABOUT US  |  FILMS  |  EXHIBITS  |  ARCHIVE  |  PUBLICATIONS  |  EDUCATIONhttp://livepage.apple.com/About_Us.htmlFilms.htmlExhibits-Internment.htmlArchive.htmlPublications.htmlEducation.htmlshapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1shapeimage_1_link_2shapeimage_1_link_3shapeimage_1_link_4shapeimage_1_link_5shapeimage_1_link_6shapeimage_1_link_7

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                 

tel.: 416-966-1819
fax: 416-966-1820

Contact Us:

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.

  2. more details

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. more details


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.

  1. more details

“In its archives, the UCRDC has a collection of oral history testimonies of Ukrainian Canadians who served in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII ...

  1. more details

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

  1. more details

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."

  1. more details

Ukrainian - Jewish Relations

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

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.

The 21 interviewees for this project are:

Olena Bulat

Walter Daschko

Natalia Diduch

Luba Goy

Miroslawa Hec

Alexander Ilchenko

Alexander Jemetz

Tamara Koszarny

Victor Koszarny

Valentina Kuryliw

Victor Lahoda

Dr. Alexander Melnyk

Walter Melnyk

Mykola Moros

Valentina Noseworthy

Iryna Revutsky

Natalia Shchturyn

Rev. Peter Shumelda

Wasyl Sydorenko

Ludmilla Temertey

Olexander Wlasenko

  1. more details


Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak

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