Item 2008.024.c113-114 - Karpish, Peter

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Karpish, Peter

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CA BMUFA 0021-K-2008.024.c113-114

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  • 27 Jul. 1983 (Creation)

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2 audio cassettes (=3 audio files)

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Part 1: Born in Ternopil’ oblast’, Terebovlia raion, a village of Kobylyky (now Zhovtneve), on December 30, 1901; his wife is Mariia Dukhnits’ka (??), she is from the same village; he went to a school in his village till 1914; in 1917 he was conscripted to the Ukrains’ka halyts’ka armiia; underwent military training in Ternopil’; escaped from a POW camp, was hiding; in 1921 was conscripted in the Polish Army, served 18 months in Chenstochow; in 1925 came home and left for Canada (Antwerp - St. John in New Brunswick); had relatives in Winnipeg and started working on a railway; then went to Fort Frances (???) to work at a paper plant (??); there his friend and relative Mykhailo Halandzhi (??) introduced him to Ukrainian organizations; Karpish in 1926 became a member of a political organization and of Ukrains’kyi farmers’kyi Dim; in 1928 went to Winnipeg for a 6 months course; Prosvita in St. Frances; cultural-education work of organizations in St. Frances; Andriy Dorets’kyi (??); Kaprish visited Ukraine 4 times, the most recent visit in 1979; discrimination towards Ukrainians at the beginning; after St. Frances went to Brantford, ON; after Depression began he went to a place Thor (??) near St. Catherine’s, was working in a cooperative; then moved to ?????Kilkanyk(????) in 1931-32; protests (“bread or job!”), arrests, and deportations; protests against Polonization of Western Ukraine, Tovarystvo dopomohy vyzvil’nomu rukhu na Zakhidnii Ukraini (ToDoVyRnaZU); dopomoha poterpilym vid poveni; Strilets’ka hromada; OUN-UNO; an attack on the Robitnychyi Dim; in 1933 Karpish was teaching in Ottawa; voting for the uprava; from 1934 through 1939 Karpish was in Sudbury; then the Central Committee sent him to Biltmore (??) where a Robitnychyi Dim was to be built; Central Committee: Ivan Boychuk (??) the Secretary, Popovych, Vavizivs’kyi (??), Shatul’s’kyi, etc); the Central Committee was later transferred from Winnipeg to Toronto; in Annie Molt Road (??) where Ukrainian farmers had own Farmers’ Organization.

Part 2: Ukrainian community in Ottawa; Strilets’ka hromada; WWII - Hitler-Stalin Pact; Kaprish was teaching in Geraldton (??); working in a Committee dopomohy syrotam, Chervoniy armii, got an award for that; Government confiscating Robitnychi Domy and transferring them to the Nationalists groups; he worked in a mine in Bidart (??), got there an ulcer and went to Winnipeg to recover; then worked in a cooperative, then in an evening school teaching Ukrainian language, music, and History; taking 6-months courses in Winnipeg in 1928 and 1936 (teachers: Tsymbay (??), Dr. Hrach (??), Petro Prokopchak): History of Ukraine, political economy, geography, music, arithmetics, grammar, ets; amature theater plays they staged (Natlka-Poltavka, Ne khody, Hrytsiu; comedies; then later Soviet plays); Shevchenko concert and other big name people’s concerts; 1st Soviet delegation came to Canada in 1945; Soviet Ambassador granting citizenship of Soviet Ukraine to Ukrainians in Canada; Communist Party in Canada; UNO and Banderivtsi causing troubles for Narodnyi Dim; DPs in Canada; CUC; Lobayivtsi group (???); Lobay; Matviy Popovych; Lobay was an editor of “Robitnychi visti”; problems with DPs; changing the name of Narodnyi Dim; Orhanizatsia vzajemodopomohy; Women’s section, Youth section in Robitnychyi Dim and their functions (Vynohradova, Tsukarenko, Moychukova); holod in Ukraine in 1933 (not Holodomor!); Karpats’ka Ukraina as a funny joke; Komitet slov’ian - Karpish was its secretary in 1954.

Part 3: Komitet slov’ian and its functions; 1st Delegation from Soviet Ukraine in the 1950s; Cold War events; Sudbury - International ???? Company; Robitnychyi Dim built in 1918 - initially was called “Prosvita im. Ivana Franka”; present-day activities; mandolin orchestra; Communist Party in Canada.

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