[Searching For Place]

Searching For Place

Ukrainian Displaced Persons, Canada, and the Migration of Memory

Lubomyr Y. Luciuk

University of Toronto Press 2000
626 pages / 30 b&w illus. / 6x9

Date of Publication: 01/10/00. World Rights

CLOTH 0802042457 $70.00 £45.00
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Canada was not in a welcoming mood when Ukrainian displaced persons and other refugees began immigrating after the Second World War. In this compelling and richly documented account, Lubomyr Luciuk maps the established Ukrainian Canadian community’s efforts to rescue and resettle refugees, despite public indifference and the hostility of political opponents in Canada and abroad. He explores the often divisive impact that this ‘third wave’ of nationalistic refugees had on organized Ukrainian Canadian society, and traces how this diaspora’s experiences of persecution under the Soviet and Nazi regimes in occupied Ukraine, and their subsequent hiving together in the cauldrons of the postwar DP camps, underlay the shaping of a shared political worldview that would not abate, despite decades in exile.

Drawing on personal diaries, in-depth interviews, and previously unmined government archives, the author provides an interpretation of the Ukrainian experience in Canada that is both illuminating and controversial, scholarly and intimate. Luciuk reveals how a distinct Ukrainian Canadian identity emerged and has been manipulated, negotiated, and recast from the beginnings of Ukrainian pioneer settlement at the turn of the last century to the present. Written with journalistic skill and a clear interpretive vision, Searching for Place represents a meticulous, original, and provocative contribution to the study of modern Canada and one of its most important communities.

Lubomyr Y. Luciuk is a professor in the Department of Politics and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada.

`Some people come to the New World to forget what they left behind. Others not only refuse to forget, they actively try to remember their past and to relive it through their offspring in the hope that they might remake and perhaps even return to the country they left behind. Canada is a veritable storehouse of minds filled with memories of faraway times and places. Professor Luciuk's highly readable book provides a rich and personalized insight into how, after nearly half a century and across two generations, the search for a place by post-World War II Ukrainian displaced persons and their Canadian-born offspring may have finally come to an end.'

Professor Paul Robert Magocsi, FRSC, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto

`Searching for Place is a compelling account of the impact on cultural identity of mass migrations which have been so important and characteristic a feature of twentieth-century life. The place is Canada and the searchers are Ukrainians who as exiles are caught up in the disorienting whirlwind of modern life. Their story, richly and sensitively told, is of their accommodation to Canada and of Canada’s acknowledgement of them. This work about Ukrainians becoming Canadians is about the making of modern Canada.'

Peter G. Goheen, Professor of Geography, Queen's University.

`This book contains a wealth of well-documented information, often quite unique, but at the same time the author does not shy away from his own, often controversial interpretations. What started as a study of refugee migration ended up as a political history of Canada's Ukrainians and their search for a place in the changing realities of the new and indeed the old country. In the process, Professor Lubomyr Luciuk found his own identity and place which, in his very personal account, he is happy to bequest to his beloved daughter.'

Professor Leszek A. Kosinski, FRSC, Secretary-General International Social Science Council, Paris

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