Anti-Communist Minorities in the U.S.: Political Activism of by Ieva Zake (eds.)

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7 The political organization that enjoyed the greatest support in the Ukrainian American nationalist camp during the 1920s, and much of the 1930s, was the Sich. Originally established as the Ukrainian Athletic Association, Sich evolved into a paramilitary society that recognized Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky, living in Germany, as the legitimate head of the Ukrainian government in exile and the leader of the Ukrainian liberation movement. As the only Ukrainian political movement with tacit support from the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sich (later renamed the United Hetman Organization, or UHO) was, initially, the Ukrainian nationalist community’s only viable ideological alternative to Ukrainian Communists in America.

Was the solution reached on Poland. The whole Polish question was a potential source of trouble in postwar Europe—as it has been sometimes before—and we came to the Conference determined to find a common ground for its solution. And we did—even though everybody does not agree with us, obviously. Our objective was to help to create a strong, independent and prosperous nation. That is the thing we must always 30 Donald Pienkos remember, those words, agreed to by Russia, by Britain, and by the United States; the objective of making Poland a strong, independent, and prosperous nation, with a government ultimately to be selected by the Polish people themselves.

He also failed to mention that these compromises had already been made fifteen months earlier at the Teheran summit. Of course, there was no mention of the offhanded way in which the bargain with Stalin had been made. ”13 The response of the Polish American Congress to the speech, publicized just fifteen days later, was nothing less than extraordinary, especially given Roosevelt’s general popularity, the very positive initial public response to the Yalta decisions, and the great support for FDR among Polish Americans.

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