Ukrainian Society Prosvita in Zagreb in 1922-1941.(Organizational Structure) Cover Image

Українське товариство Просвіта в Загребі у 1922-1941 рр. (організаційна структура)
Ukrainian Society Prosvita in Zagreb in 1922-1941.(Organizational Structure)

Author(s): Valeriy Vlasenko
Subject(s): Cultural history, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939)
Published by: Филозофски факултет, Универзитет у Новом Саду
Keywords: Belgrade; Zagreb; Kingdom of Serbs; Croats and Slovenes; Rusyns; Ukrainian emigration; Ukrainian society Prosvita; Yugoslavia

Summary/Abstract: The first public organization of Ukrainian political emigration in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was established in 1922 in Zagreb. It was the Ukrainian society Prosvita. Several regional branches were established subsequently, including in Belgrade. The number of members of branches was bigger than in the central organization in Zagreb. Therefore, in early 1928, Belgrade became the seat of the central organization Prosvita. Its council included representatives of different social and political environments – supporters of the hetman P. Skoropadsky and the Government of the UPR in exile. This fact has led to sharp contradictions between them. Some members withdrew from Prosvita and formed the Ukrainian community. In June 1932, the Serbian authorities banned the activities of Prosvita in Belgrade. The initiator of the restoration of the central organization was the branch of Prosvita in Zagreb. In the early 1930s, the number of its members increased annually due to the arrival of Ukrainians from Eastern Galicia Ukrainian and Ukrainian emigrants from different European countries to study at the local university. In June 1933, a new statute of Prosvita was adopted, and the Croatian authorities approved it. Then, the organizational structure of Prosvita began to develop actively, mainly in Bosnia and Croatia. In 1937, Prosvita had eight branches and several offices. The total number of its members reached one thousand people. Rusyns and Ukrainians who came to the region in the middle of the 18th – 20 th century prevailed among them. The Ukrainian emigrants from Eastern Galicia and Dnieper Ukraine formed the minority. Prosvita in Zagreb ceased to exist in 1941.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 97-112
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Ukrainian