Kolasky, John

Kolasky, John [Коляска, Іван; Koljaska, Ivan], b 5 October 1915 in Cobalt, Ontario, d 21 October 1997 in Kyiv. Educator and author. Educated at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto (MA, 1950), and the University of Manitoba, he taught high school and was active in the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC) and the Communist Party of Canada (CPC). In 1963–5 he attended the Higher Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine in Kyiv, where he observed the Russification of Ukrainian institutions. For unmasking Soviet nationality policy in his Education in Soviet Ukraine (1968), he was expelled from the AUUC and the CPC. He also wrote Two Years in Soviet Ukraine (1970) and The Shattered Illusion (1979), edited Prophets and Proletarians: Documents on the History of the Rise and Decline of Ukrainian Communism in Canada (1990), and translated Valentyn Moroz’s Report from the Beria Reserve (1974).

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1988).]

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