I arrived in Lviv about a week ago. As I was talking to the people around me and while visiting friends it became clear to me, that there is a distaste for government and politicians who really aren’t politicians but greedy money grabbers who insist on profiting from the people they were elected by, and robbing the nation they run. There is no interest on the part of government to represent anyone but themselves. They are businessmen. They are billionaires.
Ukraine has been experiencing this for a long time. One might say nonstop since the Tsars ruled over Eastern Ukraine and the Austrians and other neighbors afterwards until August 24th, 1991. What really happened that day? They say hindsight is 20/20 funny we are about three years away from 2020 we should see perfectly by then.
On August 24, 1991 Ukrainian proclaimed its independence at noon. From that moment on there were people who immediately became part of the government and immediately started robbing, plundering and leading Free Ukraine down a path of no return for its inhabitants. Russia was well aware of what was happening and that is why they held Gorbachov hostage. They were preparing for the major regrouping of themselves, and there was no way they would let go of Ukraine. For them this meant get rid of Gorbi, change their name and continue down the imperial path. For them freedom was all a hoax.
During Maidan, the Revolution of dignity where the young people of Ukraine almost a quarter of a century later, said enough of this , we want Ukraine. Not a hybrid Ukraine, not a crime ridden Ukraine, simply a dignified European Nation. For this they were beaten and killed. Because Russia could not contain them, they marched in Krym, annexed it to Russia and invaded Donbass and Luhansk….. They had no alternative. The new post-Soviet generation had spoken.
On November 21, 2016, I attended a funeral mass for all those who have perished and are fighting for this free and independent European State they wish to live in called Ukraine. The prayers included statements such as, we needed angels to watch over what was to come after February 19th 2014 and we got them. We got 100 of them called the heavenly hundred. We needed to understand we have nations on our borders who don’t want to coexist with us, they want to simply march in and take a piece of us. The Ukrainian people in east, west south and north realized it is in no one’s interest for Ukraine to exist.
The Ukrainian people came to realize that there are global forces who are coming up in the world, that will control the new governments in different countries, and no matter who gets elected where, Russia will stay on the Eastern front and be responsible for world chaos and turbulence. They often refer to the Malaysian airplane M-17 that was brought down by Russian Turbulence, and no one cares about, not the European Dutch and not the Asian Malaysian…as a prime example of how Russia is in power and can do as it pleases.
Isis was born during the period of the Ukraine Revolution of dignity the Euromaidan 2014. It was at this time that Russia started to annex new lands and take charge in Syria and Iran, yet no one seemed concerned. The battle was named a battle on terrorism from the Middle East. Russia walked away from this chaos clean as a whistle. Does anyone pay attention to the fact that Russia was in Afghanistan before the USA? Does that not mean anything to anyone? There are elections taking place. People are voting, but there is no change.
There was a very meaningful sign at Maidan that read we need a system change not a toilet. In Ukraine as the Russians were in the process of invading, Poroshenko was elected President. I ask people about it. The response is brilliant. The response has been experienced in Ukraine since the so called fall of the iron curtain in 1991.
A businessman is out for his own pocket. In this case out for his chocolate factory. He has no interest in running a country. I ask so what can be done. The answer is nothing, we are at war. We are in a war with a super power that the rest of the world calls Hybrid, but we are dying. We elected him and we are busy fighting. His term is four or five years and we have opportunity then, to elect someone who isn’t a businessman surrounded by his buddies who are, all looking to fill their pockets at our expense. We shouldn’t elect a businessman again.
In conclusion again, the Ukrainian people are way ahead of this world game. They were ahead three years ago when they stood at Maidan. They are ahead now. They know a businessman can’t run a country……
Ukraine and Turkey; Roksolana and Suleiman the Magnificent
My thought about Turkey on this day of Thanksgiving Eve 2015. Long ago when I was a student in New York I had friends from Turkey who were students too. I was a young whipper snapper who knew little about the world and had so much to learn. I was asked to go to the Public library on 42nd street with Ali and Mehmet to read to them.
Read meaning there were books and papers written by Tatary in Cyrillic and they couldn’t read it. I read it, but had no clue about what I was reading. There were no computers or cell phones at the time. They wrote down what they needed for their research paper and then asked me to edit their translation into English. That is how my going to Ukrainian school all my life, helped that day.
We have a lot in common with Turkey. Professor Prycak of Harvard, was a Turkologist and went on to be the first Chair of the Ukrainian Studies Chair at Harvard. He used to say alot of our history is in Turkish archives.
Both Turkey and Ukraine have been snubbed by Europe, even though Ukraine saved Europe from invasion in Vienna by the Turks and Tatary, and Turkish workers rebuilt Germany because it was bombed flat during WWII.
Today if Turkey and Ukraine became partners wouldn’t that be nice. The Black Sea would be ours just about, and we could say FU to the Putin and his Russia . Turkey managed to improve economically without Europe and so can Ukraine.
Let Merkel and Hollande melt in their VW ‘s and BMW’s and Mistrals.
Holodomor; Genocide because of a man-made famine
Ukrainians have been immigrating to the United States for over a hundred years. A very determined
group arrived after WWII. They were Europeans without a homeland, because Ukraine had been
consistently occupied for the last 200 years or more, so they arrived in the USA as Poles, Austrians,
Russians, Byelorussians, Hungarians and whatnot.
The group that came from the American DP camps in Germany were convinced that Stalin’s wrath and
genocide tactics would surely destroy Ukraine this time, so their mission was to preserve everything Ukrainian;
the language, the music, the art, the crafts, the traditions, the religion and family ways because the idea
of Ukraine not being was a possibility in their eyes.
They arrived between 1949 and 1964. By 1964 they had raised enough money to build a Shevchenko
monument in Washington DC. Shevchenko to the Ukrainian language is like Shakespeare is to the
English language. This was a writer, a poet, a painter who was persecuted by the Russian Tsars yet wrote
in such away that even today, at a concert in Washington’s Georgetown University Lisner Auditorium,
when the Bandura Chorus sang “the Testament” by Shevchenko 1500 people in the audience stood up
and joined in the singing.
These were people who remembered the Great Famine of Ukraine, as it was called then, and then saw/witnessed
the Stalin purges and executions of the 40’s and they were terrified of what would happen to Ukraine.
They were the builders. In every community of the USA where Ukrainian people lived, there were two
churches, Orthodox and Catholic, and a Ukrainian School, and a Ukrainian national home, for meetings,
dances, dinners and social events. They bought land and built resorts, so that during the summers they
could enjoy and exchange their cultural creativity and vacation together.
After the Shevchenko monument was built and dedicated with Dwight Eisenhower attending, they
raised money for the Ukrainian Studies Chair at Harvard, and then proceeded to have the Great Famine
of the 30’s acknowledged as a genocide and a name was given to this horrendous event, it became
known as the Holodomor. Around 2012 the Ukrainian people realized that 80 years have passed, and
soon there would be no survivors to testify to this event. So a committee was formed to have a
Holodomor monument built in Washington DC in order to commemorate the over 10 million who
starved that year between 1932-33.
At the time the committee did not know that Russia would invade Ukraine in 2014. Ironically almost 80
years after they tried to starve the Bread Basket of Europe , systemically and consistently. They did this
so as to empty the Ukrainian Eastern Provinces. Once this was accomplished Stalin sent in the Russian
delinquents, and unwanted citizens into exile. This newly emptied land was filled up with these strange,
foreign people who were not familiar to Ukrainian ways of farming and cultivating life. They didn’t want
to farm. They began to form gangs and violent communities.
It is in these lands, populated with the descendants of those exiled Russians, who no one wanted, not
the Russians, and not the Ukrainians who were left, that Putin sent in his troops. It is in these lands, that
Ukraine is fighting the Russians This memorial is not only a memorial to the starved and dead of the 1930’s. This memorial is to the
living, the not living, and the not yet born Ukrainians (Taras Shevchenko). It is a memorial to their plight.
Five thousand Ukrainians, and their friends gathered at Union Station in Washington, DC, this past weekend
to dedicate the Holodomor Memorial. Just about 50 years after the Shevchenko dedication. Five
thousand people prayed, held funeral masses, and sang their National Anthem, in the presence of their
church leaders, the first Lady of Ukraine Mrs. Poroshenko, and Representatives Sandy Levin of
Michigan, and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio who spoke live on the screen.
The dedication culminated with a “walk” down the street past the monument to the White House where
people continued to gather and express their sorrow. On Sunday services were held in all the Ukrainian
churches, and in the afternoon there was a wonderful concert. Three generations of Ukrainians,
descendants of immigrants, and new immigrants celebrated their plight in song and art as Ukrainians
know how. They can best express themselves in poetry, music and art. The haunting “Melodia” of
Skoryk a living composer resonated throughout the program.
November 8, 2015
These are soldiers who are ready to defend Ukraine now. They deserve respect for their bravery and dignity, because these young men and women are the only ones fighting the mighty brutal evil Russian Army while the world believes RT and Putin propaganda. No foreign country taught them to defend themselves nor does any foreign country help them. They get band aids and humanitarian help that’s it.
After 25 years of demilitarization in Ukraine, this army got together in less than a year and marched down the main street of Kyiv on August 24th to celebrate Independence Day. That is where the Maidan defenders of Ukraine had been gunned down by Putin’s snipers.
At the same time when during the week of February 18th, 2014, Russia entered Ukraine in Krym (Crimea) and Eastern Ukraine, Ukraine was without a President, Parliament had just been taken over by Maidan, Yanik’s house was vacated by him and he fled to Russia to Putin never to return again, and the funerals for the “Heavenly Sotnia” started and were taking place everyday.
The Maidan “samo oborona” national guard, kept the border in check, by going to the front immediately. While they did this, they were allowing the military forces to form. This is incredible. We should all be so proud of our young Ukrainian people. I don’t think they will ever allow themselves to be occupied or ruled by Russia again. It is over…
Notice there is no display of weapons at this parade. There is a display of young men and women, and they are beautiful and they are defending their nation from a horrible attack a cruel invader, Russia. They are honored to be walking and marching through the streets of their capital Kyiv to the tune of “Za Ukrayinu za yiyi Volyu za chest; i slavu za narod” .
The Maidan was a movement to defend our Ukrainian dignity against terror, corruption and occupation in camouflage. Maidan2014 exposed Russia and corruption to the world. A world who stood by and watched while educated people were shot down in their capital city in the heart of Europe. A world which later watched the invaders, the Russians shoot down a passenger plane over Eastern Ukraine and not be tried for this offense.
Now under the will of Maidan Ukraine was saved, and the Ukrainian army got itself together and is now defending Ukraine’s dignity and standing with the Maidan national guard volunteers. Again Ukraine is more united than ever.
Poroshenko states, these forces were born in a Free Ukraine and they will defend all of free Ukraine, every ethnic group, religion, tribe , etc that is Ukraine and is found on Ukrainian soil and needs protection from an invader or aggressor. In this case it is Russia.
I remember a cold war slogan, better dead than red……
We should all be so proud of the Ukraine defense forces, and be happy to be a part of this great nation called Ukrayina and descendents of ancient Kyiv rus’ . It is Ukraine alone that is defending the world from Putin, who sponsors Iran, Korea and ISIS. These terror groups are all on his tab.
It is interesting how in life you make plans to have an effect on an event and in the end the event has an effect on you. Well that is exactly what happened to me.
I have learned so much since having been invited to speak at the Ukrainian Festival here in Dickinson, ND that I can’t begin to tell you how impressed, pleasantly surprised and happy I am to have been a part of it.
I came with the intent to explain what I saw and experienced in our ancestral homeland Ukraine this past year, well actually since December 2013. I toiled over how much to say and how much not to say so as to leave a clear picture in the peoples’ minds of what is and has been really happening in Ukraine. There were other excellent speakers who spoke of Ukraine’s dilemma in relation to its big powerful neighbor on the east, Russia.
Growing up in New Haven, Ct. in a Ukrainian community I was sure I was well informed about all our “hromady” and emigre passions. Well I was wrong. I never knew about this community in North Dakota. Not only did I not know about it, I never even heard about it until I visited Ellis Island with my grand daughter and saw a big picture of Ukrainian Immigrants standing in front of their tiny church on a hill a few years ago. It was a picture from North Dakota. i said to my grand daughter someday we will go see that church and that hill.
Well a few years went by, life took me to Kyiv Maidan and the events in Ukraine that lead up to war with Russia now. Little did I know, that these events would lead me to Dickinson, ND in 2015 but they did. Those who attended my presentation know what I have experienced, but I would like to briefly share my experience with you that I have had over the past few days. I visited the UCI (Ukrainian Cultural Institute, Dickinson, ND), the University, the churches, the cemeteries, and Agnes Palanuk who is author of “Ukrainians in North Dakota In Their Voices”. Members of the community lent me a car to use and invited me to see the place they lived in which stretches for miles and miles. Col. Dolenko the military attache from the Ukrainian Embassy was here as well. On the last evening of the festival we were summing up our thoughts and experiences and we came to this conclusion;
This “hromada” this community this Parish of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and Ukrainian Orthodox Church, are a unique “Hromada” unlike any other in the world. It may be similar to the communities in Parana Brazil, or Misiones Argentina, or Western Canada, but because this was in the United States it has it’s own character. After 1861 when slavery was abolished in Ukraine there were millions of peasants without land and work. The rulers were the Tsars in the East and Austrians in the west. The Austrians weren’t as domineering as the Tsars but they too were rulers over Ukrainians in Ukrainian lands. The Ukrainian peasants owned nothing, had little if any land, the countryside was populous and families weren’t able to feed their children or provide a home. Between 1870 and 1914 hundreds of thousands left Ukraine from the Dnister Bukovyna areas mainly, and nad Dniprianshchyna in Central Ukraine. These are the people who came to North Dakota to homestead in 1896 via Europe, Canada and Winnipeg, and some from Eastern USA. Agnes Palanuk’s family dates back to one of the first settlers from Ukraine in North Dakota from Halychyna where the Zbruch River meets Dnister. Her grandmother came with her husband and little daughter in 1897. That little daughter Paraska (Polly) is Agnes’ mother.
We were shown the land that these Ukrainian families own. They stretch as far as the eye can see. They are beautiful. They are farmed with sunflowers, wheat, canola, and more….. The hay is bailed now and looks beautiful on the plains. Since 1950 oil wells have been found. The land that was so difficult to plow and seed and reap, is now plentiful and has made our Ukrainians comfortable.
The first families lived in sod houses (a style of building they knew from Ukraine), and those houses still speck the landscape. They don’t speak of addresses here, they speak of the Palaniuk, the Havreluk, the Gregory etc homestead. This is how they settled and build North Dakota. They got 160 acres of land, and had to live on it. This broke the tradition of “selo” (village) in Ukraine since now they would be surrounded by the fields and not neighboring houses. In Ukraine the villages were surrounded by the fields. Often the first settlers experienced loneliness, especially the women. Within 5 years 40 acres had to be farmed so as not to lose the homestead. They pitched in and helped each other. To plow and seed 40 acres of grassland often without a horse was not an easy task. They had no money to start with so many didn’t have a horse. They did all the work by hand.
Today these families own Western North Dakota and rightfully so. They have mineral rights for their land, and they continue to hold onto it in their families and in their community. This is America. This was cultivated and cared for and cherished by immigrants from Ukraine. No other community in the United States has this quality. This is their bat’kiwshchyna (homeland). Ukraine is in their hearts.
July 21, 2015
featured image is my friend Agnes Palanyuk standing in front of her Aunt’s house saying Welcome “Zakhodit'” so I did. Agnes was the local teacher and would stop by her Aunt’s house here on her way to the school house. She was on horse at the time………
Many people think that EuroMaidan began the day after people realized that Yanukovych was not serious about reaching an agreement with the EU. They became fearful of a regression and a union with Russia and Putin. They began to do what Ukrainian people do when there is confusion, danger, and something to talk about. They begin walking to the Maidan. Here it is November 22nd and there is a problem so the walking and gathering begins.
This was true January 22, 1918 when people started to walk, gather and come in wagons with the blue and yellow flags flying everywhere. I know about this, because Dr. Bilynsky a colonel in the UNR army lived with us when I was growing up and told us about it. There was no internet, no social media, no television at the time. This was a huge euphoric gathering, but the world did not hear about it. But the maidan is where they gathered and Maidan is where the reading of the declaration of Ukrainian Independence took place on this date.
By January 29th, it was too much for the Russians to handle. They sent 4000 Bolsheviks to recapture Ukraine and met a group of Ukrainian soldiers at the Kruty train station. Of the 400 men 300 were young students who stepped out to defend themselves against the oncoming Bolsheviks. Over 200 of them died within hours. It was back at the Maidan that this horrible tragedy was mentioned in March of that year 1918.
By 1933 over 14 million people starved in Eastern Ukraine because of Stalin’s planned famine. This happens to be the 80th anniversary of the tragic Holodomor in which 10 million starved to death. Andrea Chalupa said it clearly in a Time Magazine Article from 12/2013 “ Stalin engineered the famine to rid himself of a stubborn enemy. Ukrainians had fought for their independence during the Russian revolution and for a short time they had beaten back the Reds. What’s more, Ukraine being the “bread basket of Europe” had a rich and ancient culture of farmers, who wanted to hold on to their land and their identity. As a civilization, Ukraine is more than a 1000 years older than Moscow. For Stalin as for Putin today, this would be a very hard back to break.”
During the great famine Holodomor, Stalin replaced the dead Ukrainians with Russians who were deported from their homeland in the North. They changed the face, the language, and the work ethic of Eastern Ukraine. This is where Yanukovych was brought up. It is no wonder that his heart is not with Ukraine but with Putin. It is no wonder that he is causing havoc amongst the Ukrainian people. And who is it that is coming to the Maidan to figure out what to do about the future? The students and young people of course. As in the battle of Kruty but today there is internet, social media and communication. This can’t be hidden as it was in days gone by.
By August 24, 1991 Ukraine was again ready for a walk a maidan. They proclaimed independence and tried again to tear away from the Russians who were the Soviets of the day before. By November 2004 there was still a problem. This man called Yanukovych who had grown up in those lands that had lost millions of their people to Holodomor, wanted to be president. He was raised by very pro Russian pro Soviet types. This wasn’t going to work so the people went for a walk. They walked to Maidan because yes, sure enough there was a problem. This walk had some technology supporting it so it got a name. It was the Orange Revolution. Unfortunately those winners were not yet strong enough to hold on to the country. They began to argue amongst themselves, and before you know Yanukovych the loser is in power. He actually had a come back, like a movie star. He incarcerated Yulia Tymoshenko, snuffed out the opposition and found a bunch of cronies like himself and they are behaving as if they were in charge of a drug cartel. They are accumulating enormous wealth and guess where their investments are.? Yes you are right in the West in Europe. That doesn’t sound to good now does it. He is running to Putin every chance he gets and has left the Ukrainian people and the Europeans out standing in the cold.
By November 24th a month ago, over 100 thousand people had gathered at Maidan. They did what Ukrainians do, they walked to Maidan because there was a problem. The difference this time has been internet, social media, communication with the world and the walk and gathering had a name. It had a title. It was called EUROMAYDAN. Outside of Ukraine, 4 people stood in front of the Ukrainian Mission to the UN with signs, we want Europe. UkrainEurope. Word had gone out and the Ukrainian Community in New York the local UCCA branch sent out a poster per internet and called the people to gather after the annual Holodomor Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral on 5th Ave. The Maidan became global. It traveled from Ukraine to St. Patricks and the Ukrainian Mission. By Sunday scores of cities were uniting with Maidan. It began to have an identity. EUROMAIDAN became a new word. Slava Ukrayini , Heroyam Slava became the new greeting of EuroMAIDAN sympathizers. A movement was born.
Identifying posters were made and shared all over the world. e.g. I’m Ukrainian I can’t keep Calm, and Ukraine belongs to EU, and No to Russia Yes to EU and many many more. During the Maidan issues were discussed. Politicians came to speak. World leaders came to speak. It became newsworthy and slowly the world press began to mention that something was happening in KYIV.
By November 30th Berkut the riot police came out and started beating on the peaceful protesters and students. The ones taken to prison became known as The Bankova Prisoners because that is the street they were beaten on. #Euromaidan FB page SOS was set up to offer free legal assistance and it still works today. The most recent arrests and assaults have been the stabbing of Dmytro Prypets in Kharkiv, Pavlo Mazurenko in Maidan and Tatyana Chornovol on Christmas Day December 25th.
To date no one has been prosecuted for the November 30 and December 1st attacks. Tomorrow will be the one month anniversary. On December 25th UDAR Klichko’s party put together a list of 80 perpetrators for the attacks on the peaceful demonstrators. This information can be found on klichko.org web site.
Later Yanukovych visited Russia on December 6th smiling all the way. This spurs on a huge march to Maidan and by December 8th on Sunday Lenin is toppled over. The last of the big Lenin statues in Kyiv. The riot police try to dismantle the barricades to no avail. After the December 1st attacks the people barricaded themselves in at Maidan. They were not going to be beaten again. By December 10th western diplomats began to visit Maidan and express their solidarity. McCain, Murphy and others to name a few. On December 14th during the Okean Elzy performance the light show the people put on was spectacular. The lifting of the phones for Heroyam Slava was wonderful. McCain saw this we all did. By the 17th Russia and Ukraine had signed an agreement and Maidan continues to draw people. There is still a big problem, and that is Ukraine does not want to be in any kind of union with Russia.
As long as there is a problem, Maidan will continue. Why? Because that’s who we are. That’s what we do. Ukrainians get together and talk about problems. This goes back to Kozak times. The Kozaks practiced democracy long before there was a Ukraine.
We the Ukrainian people will make it through this one as well. Why because the young people don’t want to play this game any longer. I have seen it for myself. No one under 30 wants PUTIN.
Halyna Klymuk Chomiak
P.S. This was written in December 2013 when I realized people in New York didn’t understand what was happening in Ukraine and what what Maidan. They didn’t understand that it is when there is trouble in Ukraine, Ukrainians come out in their capital city and let it be know. This happened in 1914, 1918 and 2004 and 2014 and many many more times. This is what Ukrainian people do. The cause of all the disturbance is Russia trying to occupy and control Ukraine, and Ukrainian thought. In January I went to Kyiv and stayed there till April. I witnessed what Ukrainian people will stand for, and I witnessed Putin’s aggression and Russia’s passivity towards their country invading and killing innocent people. The pictures here show that not much has changed since the early 1900’s. Yet now the world knows and is standing by and watching.
Maidan started in November 2013 and has been functioning till the present day.
It is this Maidan that united Ukrainians in Ukraine, In Europe and in the World. Many of the previous Maidan groups, Euromaidan, Automaidan, New York maidan and Washington Maidan etc. have renamed their groups. Now they are all separate on FB and I don’t know about the reality. I tend to think we are all still one. The reason is we haven’t achieved the goal of Maidan yet. I can’t believe millions of Ukrainians in Ukraine stood through the ice and cold to become simple clubs all over the world socializing on FB.
It is because of #KyivMaidan that we all got together. It is because of #KyivMaidan that we stood together for Ukraine’s dignity. It is the #KyivMaidan that continues to supply ATO and it is the performers of #KyivMaidan that keep raising money for and supporting the volunteer Battalions in Donbas and ATO. It is still all one. It is still #Maidan. It is still living in tents but not in the center of Kyiv but closer to where ATO is in Eastern Ukraine. It is still operating in every city of Ukraine and major cities of the world. Why change the name?
Until Ukraine is free and there are no Russians killing our people in Ukraine
it is #Maidan the stand for Ukraine and it’s dignity that is central. Let us not change our names. They are all pseudonyms but the real name for why we are all together is Ukraine. Ukraine is our country and Kyiv is our capital and #Euromaidan is our unifying factor and has been since 2013.
It started with a bunch of kids who wanted to join the EU and put an end to corruption. It started with the desire to end corruption by getting rid of Yanik, remember ciao vitja ciao……!! We haven’t achieved anything, because Yanik was Putin’s puppet, and now we have Putin. Corruption is moving out at a snail’s pace. There is a war. People think Krym (Crimea) is Russia. Ukraine isn’t a part of the EU.
The people of maidan, have been beaten, shot and killed but not broken. They are working everyday to supply and keep ATO going. They have become MP’s and community leaders. Let’s not forget that. Let’s not leave that name for Ukraine’s strongest movement for self determination and self esteem ever.
The post War Emigration from Ukraine to the world via Germany and what made German Hromady different……..
Many younger people don’t understand so I tried to write it down simply for my friend’s daughter who asked.
There were millions of people in DP camps and out of DP camps in Germany after WWII. Many many of them were Ukrainians. Since Ukraine did not exist this was the first place they were able to register not as Poles, not at Soviets or Russians, but as Ukrainians. It was here that they had Ukrainian schools, Ukrainian trade schools, churches, plast and CYM, theater, drama gymnasia, and music, all in Ukrainian. That hadn’t happened before. They escaped and got their first wif of freedom in the American and British zones. It wasn’t all hunky dori, because there was spying and killing and sending back etc. but it was from here they moved to all over the world.
Australia, South America, England, France, Belgium, Canada and last but not least to the USA. Many who left Germany after 1950 were on their way to the USA or Canada or they had to stay. Who stayed? My father in law said , the bandyty the prostitutky and the sick. My father in law belonged to the sick. 75% of his lungs were not working because of the conditions in the coals mines in Dortmund. He was an ostarbeiter which means slave laborer from the east.
Australia like England were new and they built up quickly and sustained themselves more or less, Australia was simply far from Europe. They worked bought property and built schools churches and narodni domy. South America had old iimmigrations but they were poor and tried to go to America. Many did. The Venezuelan one is just about gone unless there are new people there and then there is Argentina and Brazil with surviving hromady to this day. Canada and the church work with them.
The USA and Canada have old emigrations from Austrian times in the late 1800’s. They were basically economic but after WWI political as well. They built churches schools and narodni domy that still stand today. They came to stay and really were not going to go back. Some did but few.
The hromady in France are old as well. Petlura was in France. They are the debaters and the talkers. They will talk you to death at the dinner table and don’t be surprised to have 6 opinions among 4 people all talking at once. It is lovely and normal. I loved being a guest in France. Especially at the Mitrovych house.
Belgium were the holders of the fort. They all worked hard, and educated their kids. I was so happy to go back two years ago and find all my junaky were lawyers, doctors, scientists, teachers, honest workers and more. I have always admired and been fond of the hromady in Belgium. In Holland there were unique families of strong individuals namely Kushpeta and Antonovych. These two families and a few others put Ukraine on the Dutch map.
Now we come to Germany;
Germany never bought any property or buildings. They watched as the people left from 1945 to 1965. It was a depletion of people from year to year. They felt the Germans and the diaspora owed them because they got out or because they were Germans. So everything Ukrainian was paid for by kultur amt, and social amt etc. most people did not work or they worked on zeppelinstr or dachauerstr or isarring 11. This too was money from the govt or diaspora. This makes for a weak group. They felt they were the chosen politicians of Ukraine and immediate connection to the east. They kind of were. This created an aura of we are special. I was very shocked to observe this when I married and moved to Germany in 1977.
I lived there from 1977 to 96 and kept telling them if they don’t buy a domiwka, if they don’t buy a ploshcha if they don’t buy a church they will disappear. This was the plan of the Germans. Look at your church on Shoengau str. or whatever I forgot already. Take off the dome and you have an instant Walmart. It was a plan. We already lost Krefeld which Sheptytskyj bought, and Essen and Ratingen and Braunschweig and Regensburg and I don’t know what is in Duesseldorf anymore. I don’t know about Hannover or Hamburg now either. They were pretty strong and I think the pravoslavni and katolyky actually bought their own church in Hannover.
So that is why “Uli” your German hromada looks different now than the rest of the world. It is the old capitalist philosophy Money talks where nobody walks. The Hromada in Germany never had ownershipl They supposedly wanted to go back to Ukraine. but they died or were murdered by the Russian KGB….. the young ones don’t really know what happened. Someone should write a history, because the whole diaspora in the world began in Germany…… so it is an interesting phenomena …..
There were hromady in Poland, Czech Republic, old Yugoslavia that one was mainly funded by Rome. But I don’t know much about them…. I know they go back to WWI and Ruskyj Krstur to 1750 or so. They were economic migrations under Austria. Maybe others will fill in…
Post Script next day Oct. 5th 2014.
The sad thing about Germany is they had tons of money from the USA and Canada and England and Australia diaspora. they spent it and bought nothing. I think Slava bought Yaroslaviv Val in Kyiv with some of the money. But the people who buzzed around in Munich spent it frivolously in my opinion. They don’t have a piece of land in germany they can call their own. That is shameful.
Moral of the story is If you own property you have a chance at survival That is why Ukraine is fighting for it’s land because it belongs to Ukraine. Israel fights for its land because they say God gave it to them. The USA fights for its land because the founding fathers said they should. So in Germany whatever the reason may have been resulted in the fact that there is no ownership and this lead a a weakened hromada. Simple lesson learned from downtown New York. Those that bought their buildings like Surmach and Bachynsky , resulted in their businesses surviving. Those that paid rent, couldn’t any more, and thus were forced to close. The Ukrainian store Arka folded, and Orchidea the infamous Orchidea which was home to hanging out for decades folded it simply became to expensive. There is something to be had for real estate and ownership…….
Цього стерпіти не можна. Та й мені не годиться мовчати…
Кажуть – Бог помагає. Добрим людям “засвітитись” добром. А підлим дурням, набродові всякому, хоч би й “ідейному” – показатись перед світом своєю підлістю й дурістю. От і задумали жбурнути ще один камінь в Україну…
Але якими ж треба бути ідіотами, щоб жертвою міжнародного кіднепінгу зробити жінку, та ще й з іменем Надія?!
Для українців жінка – “як сонце і повітря довкола нас”. Вона Матір – та, яка народжує; й Дружина – та, яка чоловіка робить людиною. А Надія Савченко – ще й Захисниця-Берегиня, яка не злякалася станути проти цим, які Україну розривають та кров праведную точать! Це як би над Божою Матір’ю поглумитись. Та й фотографія Надії у шоломі летуна – як ікона.
Цього жоден українець не може простити – злочинців за це нахабство й блюзніство під ганебний стовп має привести й перед всім світом посоромити, таке перед світом розповівши:
Сотнями років дикі орди рвалися через степ в Україну, щоб нищити й грабувати, щоб вбивати й викрадати те, що в українських чоловіків найдорожче – рідних та коханих жінок і дітей.
Зараз ця орда вже нібито то й не така дика, але так само з усього найбільш їй цікава зброя – для вбивання. Вбивання не лише тіла, але й людської думки, людської душі. Вона й надалі так само жадна й нахабна. Ненавидить нас і нашу свободи.
Ось черговий ординський подвиг – вивезли в Росію й намагаються судити, за вигаданим звинуваченням, не кого іншого, а – нашу НАДІЮ!
Все ясно. Хочуть цим способом відмити себе, звести наклеп на нас.
Що робити їй родині й що робити державним діячам – їм відомо. А що робити нам – всім українцям? Стояти поряд з нею!
Нас не повинно цікавити, що їй інкримінують і що їй “світить”, адже це все брехня й нечуване нахабство! Нас не повинно цікавити, хто в них “суддя”, а тим більш, хто “прокурор”. Бо то ми маємо бути прокурорами, вони – звинуваченими. Суддями-ж – всі чесні люди широкого світу, а ще – Бог та Історія!
Надія Савченко не полохлива Надя, вона воїн. Вона пішла туди, куди побоялися піти інші. Вона і в тюремній камері воїн. Воїн, який лезом своєї хоробрості не вбиває, але вказує. Помагає всім зрозуміти – де добро, а де зло; де темрява, а де – світло!
Бог нам послав НАДІЮ!
Й всі ми маємо стояти поряд з нею.
Всі ж ми – сестри й брати НАДІЇ!
Весь світ має знати: Всі українці – брати і сестри НАДІЇ!
Весь світ має одним голосом кричати: Всі українці – брати і сестри НАДІЇ! Й всі ми, чесні люди – сестри й брати НАДІЇ!
Це має лунати в усіх телевізорів, з усіх радіоприймачів, з усіх газетних і журнальних сторінок, з усіх сайтів, аккаунтів у соцмережах, з усіх футболок, з усіх бігбордів, з усіх уст…
Бо всі ж розуміють:
Ці, хто викрав НАДІЮ – терористи й кіднапери!
Ці, хто лживо оскаржує НАДІЮ – брехуни і злочинці!
Ці, хто поневолює НАДІЮ – людиноненависники й кати!
Hope for Freedom! Freedom for Nadiya!
This will no longer be tolerated!
Therefore I can no longer remain silent…
Ці, хто з НАДІЄЮ – переможуть!
They say “God will Help us”; they say “the light of benevolence and virtue will shine upon good people”; they say that low down scoundrels and vagrant tramps even if they have ideals, will be exposed and brought out into the open for the world to see their maliciousness and their vicious stupidity.
And look at what they have sought out this time! Yet another stone to throw at Ukraine. But what fools they be, to choose someone to be a victim of international kidnapping who is a woman; and a woman with the name of Nadiya, which means “Hope” in Ukrainian.
For the Ukrainian people, a woman has a likeness to the “sun and wind that surrounds us”. She is the mother who gives birth and nurtures her offspring and her spouse. It is she that transforms a man into a person. And now, Nadiya Sawchenko is a defender and a keeper of virtue, who was not afraid to stand against those who are tearing Ukraine to shreds and churns her sacred blood. It is as if they mean to dishonour the Blessed Mother. Nadiya’s image flying in her helmet has become a holy icon.
No Ukrainian can forgive the evil-doers of their violent impudence and blasphemy. They will be brought to the pillars of shame for the world to see, and then dishonour and belittle them. They will then tell the world what really happened.
For hundreds of years savage hordes charged and tore through the steppes into Ukraine. They did this so as to rape and plunder the land and take what was most dear from the men of the steppes, the men of Ukraine, their loving wifes and children.
At this time, Ukraine is experiencing a similar situation. A similar destructive horde in encroaching onto Ukrainian soil, and invading Ukraine with a curious new weapon. It is a weapon of choice. It not only kills the person, but takes away his thoughts and soul. It is a greedy selfish invader. It is a group who hates the free thinking Ukrainians. This is what they are now doing; they’ve captured, kidnapped and taken by force into Russia our “Hope”, our “Nadiya. They are now planning to try her in their Russian court and find her guilty. They plan on sentencing her to life in prison.
It is clearly understandable what her family needs to do and what government officials have to do, but what are we Ukrainians to do? We have to stand by her, that’s what we have to do!
We should not be interested in the fact that they are incriminating her, for what s there in store for her ?! We should not be interested in who their judge or prosecutor is. Why? Because we are the ones who should be the prosecutors and they are the ones who are guilty and should be tried. The real judges are the virtuous people of the world, and in addition to God, history will prove her innocence. We are well aware that even if she were sentenced to life imprisonment, this savage prison will changet and move sooner than we know. Nadiya Sawchenko is not a timid Nadya, “Hope”, she is a warrior. She has gone where others dare not go. She is a warrior even in her prison cell. She’s a warrior who doesn’t use the blade of her sword to kill, but uses it to courageously guide the virtuous. She helps all of us to understand where good can be found and where evil lurks in the darkness; but where is the light? Where is it?
God has sent us “Nadiya” “Hope”. It is our duty to stand by her. We are all “Hope’s Nadiya’s” sisters and brothers.
The whole world needs to know that all the Ukrainian people are “Hope’s Nadiya’s brothers and sisters.
The whole world needs to stand together and shout unanimously in one loud voice
“All Ukrainian people are “Hope’s Nadiya’s” brothers and sisters; we the world, are all Nadiya’s sisters and brothers!
This should echo throughout the mass media so that everyone will understand that…….
Those that took “Hope Nadiya” away from us are terrorists they are kidnappers…
Those who willingly fabricate lies in order to discredit “Hope Nadiya” are the liars and criminals.
Those who incarcerated “Hope Nadiya” are the haters of humanity and murderers themselves.
And of course we all know
Those who stand by Nadiya, those that stand with Nadiya will overcome….
says Yuri Havrylyuk Юрій Гаврилюк
translated into English by Halyna Klymuk