Page 2, 10th November 1939

10th November 1939
Page 2
Page 2, 10th November 1939 — Ukrainians are Dinaric
Close

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.

Tags

Organisations: Kharkov University
Locations: London

Share


Related articles

Ukraine Test For Gorbachev

Page 2 from 7th April 1989

Octave Of Prager For Christian Unity, Jan. 18—jan. 2

Page 1 from 16th January 1948

Ukrainia Bishop Plans Eastern Rite Colonies In Britain

Page 5 from 19th December 1947

Ukrainians Still Plan To Go Home

Page 5 from 18th November 1960

Pope's Men Stand Up In The Ukraine

Page 12 from 10th June 1983

Ukrainians are Dinaric

Ste,-Those of us wteo have blood relatives in Western Ukissine are deeply indebted to the CATHOLILI HERALD and to the Catholic Press in general for its generous attitude to 'the fate of our kinsmen who recently' fell under the Red Rule. But we fail to understand why it is that your Russian correspondent, writing in your issue of October 20, insists upon confusing readers by his pet political concept about the nationality of the Ukrainians when even the Red overlords are more considerate of their national feelings.

Leaving aside his teindentious interpretation of Ukrainian history, the fact remains that although Stalin's conquest is not Polish, neither is it Russian. The population of thoeft territories is Ukrainian and White Ruthenian. One could easily quote Ukrainian, Russian and disinterested authorities to show that your Russian correspondent is labouring under a ecmantic illusion, dear to the hearts of Russian imperialists, which commonly goes under the name of " the unity of use Russian nation." In the light of twersitieth-century research it has been shown to have no more scientific value than, once notorious, Pan-Siavism. However, we need not invoke the sanction of authority.

If we wish to know the nationality of any people, the beat way to find out is to ask them. I venture to say (subject to correction, of cotirse) that your Russian correspondent has not recently been to any part of Ukraine; probably not since the World Ware and has not had an opportunity to remise first-hand inquiries among the people he is writing about. Failing that, he should have availed himself of Polish sources which certainly cannot be accused of statistical bias in favour off the Ukrainians. From the Polish Statietleal Year Book for 1938 he would have learned that in the five Ukrainian provrinees Lwow, Stanislawow, Tarnopol, Volynia and Polesiethe proportion of Russians among rural dwellers was : 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.6 and 0.9 per cent., respectively.

The simple facts of the case were clearly outlined by Professor Stepan Rudnytsky, lately of Kharkov University, as far beick as 1910. He wrote: " The Ukrainian peasant is much more highly conscions of his national individuality as opposed to the Russian than as opposed to the Pole. The ethnologic culture of the Ukrainian peasantry is so much higher than that of the Russian that the Ukratnian looks down with contempt upon. the 'rough Katzap.' This, as it wene, ethnologic feeling of independence has protected the 'Ukrainian peasantry from Russification not only within its national territory but even in its distant Siberian and Turkestan colonies." His conclusion is ably supported by a popular Russian saying that " the khakhol is always a khakhol "; th.e. word " khakhol ' being a derogatory Russian name for the Ukrainians.

Anthropologically, the Ukrainians are Dinaric and, therefore, farther removed from the Russians than are, for instance, the Poles. Culturally and historically, they belong to the West and, in this respect, have much more in common with the Pokes than with the Russians. As a people they do not identify themselves with etther, and deeply resent any attempt, especially on the part of the Russians who suppressed and oppressed them for over 200 years, to identify them with themselves.

STEPAN DAVIDOVICH, B.A.

Kensington Close, Wright's, Lane, London, W.8.




blog comments powered by Disqus