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The Response of the Ukrainian Canadians to the Displaced Persons Situation in Europe

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

Michael Savaryn, a law student at the University of Alberta, delivered the sixth Institute seminar in Edmonton on January 16 with the presentation, "The Response of the Ukrainian Canadians to the Displaced Persons Situation in Europe". He examined the responses in Edmonton's Ukrainski Visti , edited by the late John Esaiw. The speaker quoted from a number of editorials which both appealed to Ukrainian Canadians for funds, clothing and other supplies, and pleaded with the Canadian Government to allow largescale immigration of Ukrainian refugees to Canada.

Research on the life of the Ukrainians, who scattered throughout Western Europe after World War II in terrible fear of forced deportation to the Soviet Union, is scarce. Little is known about the number, qualifications, and plans of the refugees, and there is little evidence about how many were in fact deported, and how many managed to find their relatives or refuge in different countries. However, one fact is clear: their fate evoked a great deal of sympathy from Ukrainian Canadians, who even visited them in the Displaced Persons camps. The late Anthony Hlynka, a Ukrainian M.P. from Vegreville, Alberta, spoke on their behalf in the House of Commons. The actual amounts of money, clothing, food, affidavits, etc., raised by Ukrainian Canadians for their countrymen is not known, and it is time to research this subject. Indeed, it is time to record the experience of the post- World War II Ukrainian immigration generally, for the history of the Ukrainian Canadians without this chapter would be incomplete.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 2 (Spring 1979)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: January 16, 1979
Contributor: Michael Savaryn
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette

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CIUS, “The Response of the Ukrainian Canadians to the Displaced Persons Situation in Europe,” CIUS-Archives, accessed May 14, 2021, https://cius-archives.ca/items/show/1981.
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