News from and about Ukraine & Ukrainians: Ukrainian Community Press Releases
BRAMA, October 22, 2001, 1 am ET
Other Ukrainian institutions of note in Paris
Along with churches it seems that no noteworthy major Ukrainian diasporan center would be complete without characteristic cultural and political institutions. Paris offers several in this category.
Published in Paris, France has its own Ukrainian-oriented journals. These days there are two that stand out – La Parole Ukrainienne – Ukrainian Word – Ukrayinske Slovo and Katchka-le canard ukrainien. Long-lived Ukrainian-language La Parole these days is published weekly from office space located in the Bibliotheque Symon Petlura (20th arrondisement-district) having sold its building on the rue de Sabot (6th arrondisement-district) which was not far from St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian-Catholic Church. Published in French, Katchka (http://www.susf.fr.st/) is a new sister publication of La Parole directed at readers younger in age or spirit with lively and anecdotal fare.
Those with consular and diplomatic needs can have them met at the Embassy of Ukraine to France. Located in the 6th arrondisement (district) at 91 bis rue Cherche Midi, the Embassy is in a modest edifice off a main thoroughfare.
Cultural/intellectual appetites can be sated by the Shevchenko Scientific Society in Sarcelles, one of Paris’s northern suburbs, and the Bibliotheque Ukrainienne Symon Petlura. The latter was established by its namesake during his brief and fatally-ended stay in Paris. Situated in its own three story building the library has had a turbulent history. During the Second World War its collection was confiscated by the Nazis and then later recovered, although not completely. Today, it is staffed by dedicated volunteers led by Pani Daria Melnykovych who is currently engaged in an ambitious digital cataloging project. The Bibliotheque not only hosts a medium-sized library (~25,000 volumes) but also artifacts of Petliura’s and those of Ukrainian National Republic Army. Throughout the year it hosts lectures and seminars, and responds to numerous requests relating to Ukraine and Ukrainians, most recently from groups of French philatelists with strong interests in Ukraine’s stamps.
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Bibliotheque Ukrainienne Symon Petlura, 6, rue de Palestine, 75019 Paris. The main building (left) houses offices, a reading/reference room, and several display rooms, and hosts St. Simon Ukrainian Orthodox Church (street level). A new addition (right, with glass enclosure jutting out) was built recently to accomodate the extensive library collection.
Symon Petliura's overcoat hangs in a display case flanked by sculptures of wife Olga (left) and daughter Lessia (right).
Embassy of Ukraine in Paris.
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