Ukraïns’ke zhyttia (Winnipeg)

Ukraïns’ke zhyttia (Winnipeg) (Ukrainian Life). A pro-Soviet newspaper published weekly from August 1941, then twice a week (1954–60), and then weekly again in Toronto. Sponsored initially by the Committee to Aid the Fatherland, the newspaper became the organ of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians. It published articles on economic and political topics, on the labor movement, and on culture. During the Second World War it stressed the need to assist the Soviet war effort and helped to raise funds and supplies to be sent to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. At that time it reached the height of its popularity, with between 12,000 and 15,000 subscribers. Ukraïns’ke zhyttia rarely strayed from the official Soviet line; it criticized Ukrainian ‘bourgeois nationalists’ and the acceptance of Ukrainian displaced persons into Canada after the war, and denied Russification and Soviet atrocities and terror at home. The paper was edited by S. Matsiievych, Mykola Hrynchyshyn, Ivan Stefanytsky, Mykhailo Korol, Peter Krawchuk, and others. In 1965 the paper merged with Ukraïns’ke slovo (Winnipeg) to form Zhyttia i slovo (Toronto).

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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