Massacres In Volhynia, 11-16 July 1943

Athought it is not connected directly to Battle of Berlin we publish short note about the most brutal part of 2WW genocide on Polish Nation held by extremist Ukrainian Nationalists in prewar South Eastern Poland (Volhynia and then Galicia) what is todays Western Ukraine. 11th July 1943 started a great wave of ethnic cleansing of Polish Population in Volhynia. Bands of OUN-B Ukrainian Nationalists carefully chosen targets and prepared whole operation. They had experience and knowlege being involved as German support Police in Holocaust of Jews in 1942. 167 Polish villages were burned and peoples, mostly women, and children murdered with a great atrocity. It should be noted that a number of Ukrainians was also murdered by OUN-B for helping Poles. 1st Polish Corps including 1st Infantry division arrived to todays Poland travelling through those lands. Majority of them were former Gulag slave workers deported from Estern Poland after being invaded by Soviets in 1939. No they can see what happened to their villages.

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70 years ago in Lvov

On the morning of 4th July 1941, in German captured city Lvov, a number of Polish University professors were executed with their families. Lvov was a Polish city since XIV Century, and has a very good University. After German, and then Soviet invasion on Poland  in 1939 Lvov was included in Soviet occupation zone. Both invaders started elimination of Polish elite. Symbol of Soviet atrocities is the Katyn Massacre. Germans  organized their own AB-Action. In 1939-1940 both invaders coordinated elimination of Polish leaders.

“In direct continuation of the AB Action was a German campaign in the east started after the German invasion of the USSR. Among the most notable mass executions of Polish professors was the massacre of Lwów professors, in which approximately 45 professors of the university in Lwów were murdered together with their families and guests. Among those killed in the massacre were Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński, former Polish prime minister Kazimierz Bartel, Włodzimierz Stożek, and Stanisław Ruziewicz. Thousands more perished in the Ponary massacre by Lithuanians  in German Service, in German concentration camps, and in ghettos.”