Munich: Nashim Ditiam, 1948. Mykhalevych, Mykhailo (illustrator). Good. Item #170
Octavo (15 x 21 cm). 61 pages; illustrations. Text in Ukrainian. Stamp "St. Mary’s Ukrainian church 2304 E. 34th street Lorain, Ohio" to title; inscription in pencil "Gift: Rev. G. Krasevyvh, October, 1973, St. Paul, MN" to page 5. Damage to spine with light crease to lower right corner; overall good copy.
An illustrated children's book published and distributed among the Ukrainian refugees in the displaced persons camps of postwar Germany.
Roman Rolianyk (pen name Zavadovich) was born on December 18, 1903 in Slavna, Austria-Hungary (now Ternopil region, Ukraine) and died on May 31, 1985 in Chicago, USA. He was a Ukrainian poet, writer, teacher, journalist, editor, and a cultural and educational figure.
From 1937 - an employee of the children's magazine Small Friends (Lviv), in 1942-1943 - in the teacher's seminary. In 1944 Roman went to Germany, lived in different camps for immigrants. In 1945-1948 he taught Ukrainian language and literature at a camp gymnasium in Bad Woerishofen. From 1949 he lived in Chicago, taught at the School of Ukrainian Studies (1951-1956), from 1952 - at the affiliate of St. Clement's Ukrainian Catholic University: since 1975 - extraordinary professor of Ukrainian language and literature at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Rome. He has collaborated with the Canadian magazines My Friend (Winnipeg), Yevshan Zillia (Toronto), Our Life, Young Life and Prepare!. From 1954 to 1985 was a member of the editorial board of Veselka [Rainbow] magazine (Jersey City, NJ); at the same time a member of the editorial board of the magazine Ovid, since 1972 – Tserkovnyi visnyk [Church Bulletin].
Mykhailo Mykhalevych is a graphic artist, painter, theater decorator, social and political figure. He studied at the Kiev Art Institute. From the 1940s he was a member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN); and headed the art department at the OUN (1934-1942). He was the artistic register of the higher command of the Carpathian Sich (1939); worked on propaganda and propaganda posters, composed various slogans. He is best known for his paintings on the fight against Carpathian Ukraine against Hungarian and Polish aggressors. Mykhailo resided in camps for displaced persons in Germany in the aftermath of WWII, where he was involved in artistic activities, drawing icons for iconostasis. He emigrated to the United States in the 1950s. This children’s poem was awarded with the first prize at the children's literature competition of the Ukrainian publishing house in Lviv in 1943.
OCLC shows three copies, as of April, 2020.