June 4, 2021

June 10, 2001


Twenty years ago, on June 10, 2001, the editorial of that issue of The Ukrainian Weekly announced the release of the second volume of “The Ukrainian Weekly 2000” that covered the 1970s through the 1990s, as a supplement to Volume I (1933-1960s, published in 2000) of the series.

The editorial of the June 10 issue described the books. “Together the two volumes of ‘The Ukrainian Weekly 2000’ are meant to convey to readers a sense of the major events that affected the Ukrainian community and Ukraine from the 1930s through the 1990s, as the articles chosen for the two books – each nearly 300 pages in length – provide a sampling of the major events covered by The Ukrainian Weekly since its founding in 1933. …

Together the two volumes are certain to become a resource for researchers, as well as a keepsake for readers.”

Each decade covered in the second volume included introductions by former and current staffers of The Weekly. “The 1970s: Soviet repressions and response,” “The 1980s: Of divisions, struggle and remembrance,” and “The 1990s: The dream, and the reality.”

“Thus, in one volume we have articles about the introduction of the Canadian policy of multiculturalism and the arrests of human and national rights activists Vyacheslav Chornovil, Ivan Svitlychny and Ivan Dzyuba; the release of Valentyn Moroz and the hostage ordeal of Michael Metrinko in Iran. These are stories about protest actions at the Olympics in the 1980s and about independent Ukraine’s debut at the Olympic Games in the 1990s. The disparate cases of John Demjanjuk, Walter Polovchak and Myroslav Medvid all figure on the pages of this volume, as do events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Great Famine of 1932-1933 [known as the Holodomor] and the Millennium of Christianity in Rus’-Ukraine. Not forgotten are such significant developments as the founding of the Rukh movement in Ukraine and President George [H.W.] Bush’s 1991 visit to Ukraine, which was followed in short order by Ukraine’s independence and the overwhelming affirmation of that independence in a nationwide referendum. The volume also explains the reason for the changing spelling of Kiev-Kyyiv-Kyiv, and the disappearance of the ‘the’ before Ukraine. Quite appropriately, the last entry for the 20th century is an article called ‘Millennium reflections.’”

The series of books was hoped to serve as both a tribute and a thank you to all of the newspaper’s editors and contributors, “each of whom enriched our paper and whose team effort made the paper what it is today… [and serves] as a tangible thank you to all who supported our work during the 20th century.”

Source: “The Ukrainian Weekly 2000,” The Ukrainian Weekly, June 10, 2001.