When Dave and I were in Ukraine we had our photo taken in front of the Chortitza Oak. It is a dead tree propped up by pulleys and ropes. The Ukrainians keep it standing because of its importance in a key event in Cossack history.
The tree also has significance to Mennonites who used to live in Ukraine because it was located in the heart of the Chortitza area where there was a large settlement of Mennonites.Over the years Mennonite visitors to Ukraine have brought back acorns from the Chortitza oak and planted them here in Canada. The one in this photo is at the Leamington Mennonite Home where my father-in-law lives.
My brother-in-law John has one planted in his backyard in memory of his parents who were both born in Ukraine.On a recent visit to Winkler, Manitoba I photographed this young oak which is also a descendant of the original Chortitza Oak.A plaque explains it’s significance to the Winkler community.