Orwell's Animal Farm and Ukrainian Refugees
March 5, 2012 at 3 pm
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation invites you to attend a National Press Club Newsmaker with journalist Andrea Chalupa on March 5, 2012.
To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the special Ukrainian edition of Animal Farm, Andrea Chalupa will share the little known story of Orwell and the refugees at the National Press Club and present a rare copy of the book. She is the author of the forthcoming Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm, and a screenplay inspired by this history that is currently in development in Europe. More information can be found at www.andreachalupa.com.
After having spent years working on the manuscript, George Orwell struggled to find a publisher for Animal Farm. An anti-Soviet satire was not welcome at a time when the West needed Stalin to fight Hitler, and leading intellectuals still believed in the promise of the Russian Revolution. Orwell managed to publish Animal Farm in 1945 at a small press for a meager sum. Soon after, a copy ended up in a displaced persons camp in Germany, in the hands of a young linguist scholar from western Ukraine, Ihor Sevcenko, who recognized its profound meaning. Sevcenko wrote to Orwell in London, and, working with him by letter, published Animal Farm in Ukrainian. In March 1947, Sevcenko printed around 3,500 copies, gave them out among Ukrainian refugees in the DP camp, but only around 2,000 survived; U.S. soldiers confiscated the rest and handed them over to Soviet authorities to be destroyed as propaganda.
Limited seating. To RSVP, please contact Nataliya Zakharchyshyn at (202) 223-2228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.