George Orwell and the Ukrainian Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm

Text by Halyna Tatara, London The year 2012 marks the 65th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell’s most famous allegorical novel Animal Farm by Ukrainian refugees living in displaced persons camps (DP’s) of post-war Europe. Out of the estimated 5,000 copies printed, only around 2,000 survived; the rest were confiscated and destroyed as propaganda by U.S. and Soviet authorities. During 1946-1947, Ukrainian Animal Farm (Kolhosp Tvaryn) was distributed among DPs camp by 24-year old patriotic linguist scholar Ihor Shevchenko, making Orwell very proud of his masterpiece.  To commemorate >>>

LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 at the at the Ukrainian Community Centre in London

LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 at the London Ukrainian Community Centre @ 154 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UH We are sure that you are all feeling the Olympics spirit already!!! The London Ukrainian Community Centre will be showing the  Olympics on a big screen and welcome you all to come down and share the party! You will be able to buy yummy Ukrainian food and traditional Ukrainian beer and other liquid specialties. This is an opportunity to share this once in a lifetime show with friends in our amazing home city. If you know anyone in London coming to visit the Olympics let them know we will >>>

Statement on news from the Vatican Press Service

As reported on Saturday by the Vatican Press Service, Pope Benedict XVI approved the decision of the Synod of Bishops and appointed Father Borys Gudziak, rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainian Catholics in France [Switzerland and the Benelux countries], appointing him as Titular Bishop of Carcabia. This was something the UCU community has expected for a long time. Father Borys Gudziak is not just the Rector of our University. He became a spiritual treasure that came into the life of many of us and largely transfigured it. The new title crowns the selfless >>>

Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University nominated Apostolic exarch for Ukrainians in France

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has a new bishop. Pope Benedict XVI named the Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University Rev. Dr. Borys Gudziak as Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians in France and appointed him Titular Bishop of Carcabia. This was announced 21 July by the Vatican Press Service. Besides France, the Exarchate also includes Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Switzerland. The Holy Father accepted the resignation from office of Bishop Mykhail Hrynchyshyn. Bishop-nominee Borys (Gudziak) will be the 49th member of the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Fr. >>>

George Orwell and the Ukrainian Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm. A Talk by Andrea Chalupa, Journalist & Writer, New York

We are delighted to invite you to a talk: George Orwell and the Ukrainian Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm at the Ukrainian Institute on Thursday, July 19th at 7.00PM.  To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the special Ukrainian edition of Animal Farm, Andrea Chalupa will share the little known story of Orwell and the Ukrainian refugees. She is the author of a screenplay inspired by this history that is currently in development in Europe. After having spent years working on the manuscript, George Orwell struggled to find a publisher for Animal Farm. An anti-Soviet satire was not >>>

In support of the Ukrainian language

In response to the Ukrainian Parliament’s vote on July 3rd regarding the use of languages, Ukrainians around the world are expressing their disillusionment, disbelief and protest that such a vote was passed, which provides a serious risk for the future development of the Ukrainian language. One of the Ukrainian Institute’s key objectives is to promote the Ukrainian language, with the Institute being only one of two institutions offering weekly Ukrainian language evening courses in London. The Ukrainian Institute in London is affiliated to the Ukrainian Catholic University. Please see >>>

Bestselling author Marina Lewycka presents at Ukraine Charity fundraiser in London

Award winning and bestselling author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian held a reading of her works at the Ukrainian Institute during the Ukraine Charity annual fundraising party in London on June 29, 2012. The event organised by Ukraine Charity attracted young Ukrainian professionals and friends of Ukraine living in London. During the evening over £4,000 was raised for foster care family homes in Ukraine. (Full details available on www.ukrainecharity.org.uk ). The lively traditional summer event of Ivana Kupala has become the ‘Ukrainian Charity event of the year in London’ >>>

‘What Euro 2012 has revealed is a real and immediate need for us to study Ukraine’

In an article in today’s Huffington Post UK (July 6, 2012) entitled Ukraine: Europe’s Terra Malecognita, Dr. Rory Finnin, Chair of the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies, University of Cambridge, makes a very valid point highlighting that: ‘Ukraine is simply too large and too strategically significant to remain Europe’s terra malecognita. Its historical emergence out of the peripheries of empires has defied conventional wisdom. It will undoubtedly continue to surprise. What Euro 2012 has revealed is a real and immediate need for us to study Ukraine on its own >>>