Ukrainian Canadian Congress donates books to students

Vernon School District benefits from donation of Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's children's book, Making Bombs for Hitler.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Vernon Branch, is donating copies of Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch’s children’s book, Making Bombs for Hitler, to all schools in School District 22.

The book, a companion book to the award-winning Stolen Child, begins in the aftermath of raids of Ukrainians kidnapped and transported to Nazi Germany as slave labour, known as Ostarbeiters.

Making Bombs for Hitler tells the story of Lida, the sister of Larissa in Stolen Child. Lida is also forced into slave labour and her small hands make her the perfect candidate to handle delicate munitions work so she is sent to a factory that makes bombs.

The grueling work and conditions leave her severely malnourished and emotionally traumatized, but overriding all of this is her determination to find out what happened to her vulnerable younger sister. With rumours of the Allies turning the tide in the war, Lida and her friends conspire to sabotage the bombs to help block the Nazis’ war effort. When her work camp is finally liberated, she is able to begin her search to learn the fate of her sister, a powerful story of hope and courage in the face of incredible odds.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is the voice of Canada’s Ukrainian community. The congress brings together under one umbrella all the national, provincial and local Ukrainian Canadian organizations. Together with its member organizations, the UCC has been leading, coordinating and representing the interests of one of Canada’s largest ethnic communities (1.2 million) for 70 years and is instrumental in shaping Canada’s social, economic and political landscape.

For more information, contact Roman Chez, president of UCC, Vernon branch, at 250-549-2763.