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Heroes and Villains

David R. Marples


David R. Marples

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1The research for this book was generously funded by a major grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2003-06. The author would like to thank the librarians and the staff of three repositories in particular: the Central Scientific Library, Kharkiv V. N. Karazin National University; the Kherson Honchar Oblast archives; and the European Reading Room at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as well as Senior Slavic Bibliographer and longtime friend, Jurij Dobczansky. Nancy Popson, then at the Kennan Institute, generously sent me copies of various new texts on the history of Ukraine to supplement my own collection. The Stasiuk Endowment at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, also provided funding for some additional research assistance. My assistants provided invaluable aid and I would like to single out the following: Ilya Khineiko, Per Rudling, and Dr. Febe Pamonag. I would also like to acknowledge the help of my friend and colleague John-Paul Himka, who shares many of my interests in Ukraine and has produced his own revisionist accounts of many of the subjects discussed in this book, particularly on the Second World War. Special thanks go to Aya Fujiwara, a recently graduated PhD in history, who helped in a variety of ways, particularly with the analysis of recent writings on the issue of nationalism.

2Materials and references were supplied by Terry Martin (Harvard University) and Mark Von Hagen (Columbia University). I have benefited from information gleaned from talks in the UK and Canada by Professors Yaroslav Hrytsak (L’viv) and Oleksii Haran (Kyiv). Taras Kuzio, Visiting Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, provided valuable information on the OUN after the Second World War. Svitlana Krasyns’ka, a Ukrainian now based in Los Angeles, was kind enough to read a draft version of the en-tire manuscript. My principal aides on this book, both natives of Ukraine (Kherson and Kharkiv, respectively) have been my former MA student and currently PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, Oleksandr Melnyk, an outstanding young scholar; and my friend Anna Yastrzhembska, recipient of a graduate degree in applied linguistics from Central European University, who provided the original idea for the study, carried out the editing of transliterations, and perused the entire text in depth, adding comments along the way. This is the first book I have published with CEU Press, cooperation with which has been exemplary. I would like in particular to thank Linda Kunos for her editorial work and assistance.

3I recognize only too well the controversial nature of the events described herein and that some of the debates will not please everyone. Nonetheless, I have worked and communicated with the Ukrainian community of North America for over two decades. I trust that they will permit someone who is hardly an outsider to express views on their past that may be different from their own. It was largely through debates and discussions with its members on Internet discussion groups that the conception of this book developed. Scholars such as Peter J. Potichnyj, Taras Hunczak, and Roman Serbyn have authored dozens of articles and books pertaining to Ukraine in the Second World War. Dr. Potichnyj is also the editor of the multi-volume series entitled Litopys UPA, which can now be found in bookstores in the major cities of Ukraine. Concerning the Famine of 1932-33, no author can write today without acknowledging the writings of the late James E. Mace, who died prematurely in Kyiv in 2004, but remains a significant influence on current perceptions of that tragic event both in Ukraine and elsewhere. I owe a certain debt to all these scholars even if their views and my own do not necessarily coincide. The opinions expressed in this book, as well as any errors of judgement or fact, are mine alone.

4Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
April 2007

© Central European University Press, 2007

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