Item 2008.024.c013.B-014 - Forwyn, Bohdan

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Forwyn, Bohdan

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CA BMUFA 0021-E-H-2008.024.c013.B-014

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  • 5 Feb. - 28 Mar. 1984 (Creation)

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2 audio cassettes (=3 audio files)

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Part 1: Valentyn Moroz; UNO concerts; 50th Anniversary of Famine in Ukraine; local Hall activities; Ukrainian miners; concerts in the local hall; May Day celebration; WWII, helping efforts; Benevolent Workers Association; his organization losing its Ukrainian component; following events in Ukraine; Labor Hall aka Canadian-Ukrainian Cultural Centre; Ukrainian schools; contacts with other ethnic groups, participating in the events of Sudbury Folk Arts Council; History book on Ukrainian community in Sudbury; volunteers coming from Winnipeg.

Part 2: Born in Bukovyna in 1900. His father died in 1916. He came to Canada in 1924. Greek-Catholic faith. Had a family of 5. His father was a deacon in their village. The village had a Chytal’nia. His mother divorced and came to Canada in 1913, to stay with her brother, who was a railroad worker, in Rovostock (???). In 1920 he joined the Ukrainian mission. Romanian rule in Bukovyna. When he was conscripted in a Romanian army, he worked in the head office (kantseliaria) with documents. Arrived in Halifax and traveled to Rovostock (????) for over a week. Worked for CPR. Later moved to Vancouver with his mother. In 1926 went to Alaska to be a cook assistant. Two Ukrainian organizations in those years in Vancouver: Communists and Tovarystvo “Prosvita” (started in 1923) (Petro Zharyi (??) and Ropchak (???)). Father Savchuk was coming several times a year to have Orthodox services. The first permanent Orthodox priest came in 1945-46 - Father Symchych. Both Catholic and Orthodox communities appeared in 1937. Strilets’ka Hromada. UNO. Liha vyzvolennia vs. UNO. Tovarystvo Narodnyi dim. Samostiinyky.

Part 3: Samostiinyky; local Ukrainian Communists and confiscation of their Hall; CUC; DPs and community; Ukrainians and other ethnicities; future of the Ukrainian community.

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