During the 1930s there was a division amongst Ukrainian Canadians. Half of the Ukrainians were pro Canada and free economy and the other half was pro communist anarchist revolutionaries who hated the capitalist system and wanted new world order.
The incident I will be discussing involves a family by the name of Scherban. This family had roots that went back to the 1890s in Canada. The family was proudly Canadian but still kept many of their homeland customs and traditions. But after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution in Russia, communist and revolutionary forces began to infiltrate the fabric of Canadian society using the Ukrainian community as a foundation. Slowly in every element of Ukrainian life in Canada, especially on the prairies, the communist revolutionary propaganda propped up in literature, plays, schools, newspapers, speeches as well as many other forms. Communist agents actively recruited young and old Ukrainians to join the cause for a revolution in Canada. Many did and a fracture in the Ukrainian community presented itself. Much of the controversy in the 1930s was based on Stalin's forced famine on the Ukraine, known as the Holodomor, which killed millions. And despite this communist atrocity there were still Ukrainian people that supported the Stalinist regime in the Ukraine.
But for the Scherban family they actively fought against the red menace by writing in the local Ukrainian newspapers and giving speeches to the local population to not support the communist insurgents. The communist agents took note of the Scherban's activities and decided to send them a warning by arriving to their house late one night and hammering on the front door. Mr. Scherban opened up and he recieved a beating by two men in front of his wife and kids.
This did not stop the Scherbans from continuing their anti-communist activities and speeches. Their popularity and power continued to grow and one night they had a speech planned in front of 500 people at a local hall. But only minutes before they were to hit the stage the police evacuated the building and the next day it was reported that three home made bombs were found inside.
Undeterred the Scherbans continued to send their message of anti-communism to the Canadian Ukrainian community but the red element continued to send its warnings. Then one day the Scherbans had received word that there was information regarding a massive expose of corruption in the government and its involvement of financing revolutionary activities. The Scherbans paid handsomely to obtain this information. But they were never able to share it as they went missing. Their bodies were found three days later in a ditch. Mr. Scherban had been bludgeoned with a hammer and Mrs. Scherban slaughtered with a sickle.