1982: a look back

Ukrainians and Carpatho-Rusyns

If 1981 was the year of Ukrainian-Jewish relations, 1982 was the year of Ukrainian/Carpatho-Rusyn relations.

Throughout the year, commentaries, historical background pieces, letters to the editor and news items by many an author made their way onto the pages of The Weekly.

The news, of course, was that initiative groups for the promotion of communications and cooperation between the Ukrainian and Carpatho-Rusyn communities were established following meetings of activists representing both groups. Such meetings were held in New York City (May 1) and Cleveland (June 12) after an initial meeting was held in Pittsburgh in November of 1981.

Msgr. Raymond Misulich of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Passaic and John Y. Hamulak of the Ukrainian Engineers' Society were later elected interim chairman and secretary, respectively, of the groups. A meeting of all groups that was scheduled to take place in late 1982, however, was not held.

To be sure, Ukrainian-Jewish relations were still an issue as a conference held in Washington on September 21 further explored the matter, and various speakers broached the subject in several U.S. cities.

The Weekly did its part here, too, by publishing, in six parts, the research paper on "Jewish-Ukrainian relations: two solitudes," by Profs. Peter J. Potichnyj and Howard Aster of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., as well as commentaries by such authors as Dr. Myron B. Kuropas and Dr. Israel Kleiner.

Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, December 26, 1982, No. 52, Vol. L

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