New publications on Canada's Ukrainians

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New publications on Canada's Ukrainians

In Fear of the Barbed Wire Fence: Canada's First National Internment
Operations and the Ukrainian Canadians, 1914-1920 (Kingston: Kashtan
Press, 2001, $19.95, ISBN# 1-896354-22-X). Complemented with over 50
b&w photos, an index, footnotes, bibliography, teacher's guides, 3
appendixes, this book deals with the experiences of Ukrainian
Canadians and other east Europeans during a period of international
and domestic crisis. You can order it directly from the Press at 22
Gretna Green, Kingston, Ontario, K7M 3J2. 


Searching For Place - Ukrainian Displaced Persons, Canada, and the
Migration of Memory
Lubomyr Y. Luciuk
University of Toronto Press 2000
626 pages / 30 b&w   illus. / 6x9  Date of Publication: 01/10/00.
World Rights
CLOTH 0802042457 $70.00 £45.00   Status: NYP 1999
PAPER 080208088X $29.95 £18.00 Status: NYP  1999

Canada was not in a welcoming mood when Ukrainian displaced persons
and other refugees began immigrating after the Second World War. In
this compelling and richly documented account, Lubomyr Luciuk maps the
established Ukrainian Canadian community’s efforts to rescue  and
resettle refugees, despite public indifference and the hostility of
political opponents in Canada and abroad. He explores the often
divisive impact that this  third wave’ of nationalistic refugees had
on organized Ukrainian Canadian society, and traces how this
diaspora’s experiences of persecution under the Soviet and Nazi
regimes in occupied Ukraine, and their subsequent hiving together in
the cauldrons of the postwar DP camps, underlay the shaping of a
shared political worldview that would not abate, despite decades in

Drawing on personal diaries, in-depth interviews, and previously
unmined government archives, the author provides an interpretation of
the Ukrainian experience in Canada that is both illuminating and
controversial, scholarly and intimate. Luciuk reveals how a distinct
Ukrainian Canadian identity emerged and has been manipulated,
negotiated, and recast from the beginnings of Ukrainian pioneer
settlement at the turn of the last century to the present. Written
with journalistic skill and a clear interpretive vision, Searching for
Place represents a meticulous, original, and provocative contribution
to the study of modern Canada and one of its most important

Lubomyr Y. Luciuk is a professor in the Department of Politics and
Economics, Royal Military College of Canada.

 Some people come to the New World to forget what they left behind.
Others not only refuse to forget, they actively   try to remember
their past and to relive it through their offspring in the hope that
they might remake and perhaps even return to the country they left
behind. Canada is a veritable storehouse of minds filled with memories
of faraway times and places. Professor Luciuk’s highly readable book
provides a rich and personalized insight into how, after nearly half a
century and across two generations, the search for a place by
post-World War II Ukrainian displaced persons and their Canadian-born
offspring may have finally come to an end.’

Professor Paul Robert Magocsi, FRSC, Chair of Ukrainian Studies,
University of Toronto

 Searching for Place   is a compelling account of the impact on
cultural identity of mass migrations which have been so important and
characteristic a feature of twentieth-century life. The place is
Canada and the searchers are Ukrainians who as exiles are   caught up
in the disorienting whirlwind of modern life. Their story, richly  
and sensitively told, is of their accommodation to Canada and of
Canada’s   acknowledgement of them. This work about Ukrainians
becoming Canadians is   about the making of modern Canada.’

Peter G. Goheen, Professor of Geography, Queen’s University.

 This book contains a wealth of well-documented   information, often
quite unique, but at the same time the author does not shy away from
his own, often controversial interpretations. What started as a study
of refugee migration ended up as a political history of Canada’s
Ukrainians and their search for a place in the changing realities of
the new   and indeed the old country. In the process, Professor
Lubomyr Luciuk found his own identity and place which, in his very
personal account, he is happy to bequest to his beloved daughter.’

Professor Leszek A. Kosinski, FRSC, Secretary-General
International Social Science Council, Paris

HIS006000  HISTORY / Canada
HIS032000 HISTORY / Russia (pre- & post-Soviet Union)
SOC007000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration

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