Vyznachni zhinky Ukrainy: Olena Pchilka, Staryts'ka-Cherniakhivs'ka [Remarkable women of Ukraine].
[Munich or Canada]: Ob'iednannia ukrains'kykh zhinok na emigratsii, 1950. Octavo (17 × 11.8 cm). Original printed wrappers; 64 pp. Portraits. About very good.
First and only volume of this planned series of biographical essays on remarkable female figures of Ukraine's history and cultural life. The book features no publisher's information, but judging from paper and typefaces used, it was most likely published in North America or Canada by various members of the Ukrainian Association of Women in Exile, which was founded in Augsburg in 1945 and existed until 1950, after which many members left Germany and it became the Organization of Ukrainian Women in Germany. The present volume contains essays by Liubov Drazhevs'ka about Olena Pchilka and by N. Danylevs'ka about Liudmyla Starytska-Cherniakhivska. Pchilka (1849–1930) was a Ukrainian writer, ethnographer, and civil activist, as well as the mother of Ukraine's most important modern woman writer, Lesya Ukrainka. In addition to her wide activities in publishing, translating from the Russian, documenting Ukrainian folk art, and her own output of poetry, she was also active in the Ukrainian women's movement. Starytska-Cherniakhivska (1868–1941) was a writer and literary critic close to Lesya Ukrainka, who, along with many family members, was ultimately punished for her nationalist leanings during the 1930 Stalinist show trial against the Union for the Liberation of Ukraine. While in exile, she was arrested again in 1941 and died en route to exile in Kazakhstan. She had also been a prominent women's right activist, co-founding the National Council of Ukrainian Women in Kamianets-Podilskyi in 1919.
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Book ID: 52734