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The Volyn massacre of Poles


Massacred children in Volynia

Since the 40’s of the 14th century Wolyn had been in the hands of the Lithuanian princes. On the seals of a Great Prince Witold the emblem of the Great Lithuanian principality is given in 4 emblems. On one of them there is a picture of a cross. After the Lublin Union in 1569 Wolyn became part of the Polish Kingdom. The emblem of Wolyn province represented an argent cross in a azure field, in the centre of the cross there is azure shield with an argent eagle.

 

Wolyn, an independent principality between the 10th and14th century, then an autonomous component of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and was ruled largely by its own aristocracy (after the late 14th century). The region became prominent during the 12th century, when many emigrants from the declining Kijow principality settled in Wolynia and its even more westerly neighbour Galicia.

In the course of the 14th century Wolynia(Volhynia) was absorbed by the Lithuanian state and Galicia by Poland. After the Polish-Lithuanian union of 1569, Wolynia(Volhynia) was ceded to Poland. It remained a Polish territory until the second partition of Poland in 1793 transferred most of it to Russia. After World War I it was divided between Russia and Poland; and after World War II the entire region became part of the Ukrainian S.S.R.

Wolyn in 1943/45 was also a scene of “Ethnic” cleansing by the Ukrainian nationalists, commonly known as “Banderowcy”. They attacked Polish settlements, mainly by night and killed all the inhabitants of that village, not even sparing small children. Approximate number of murdered Poles was in the region of 500.000. 

This extract is taken from a book “Habit i Nagan” by Romuald Wiernik, who courteously permitted it’s reproduction  

The story that you’re about to read is of one frightful night in one Polish household in Wolyn. Similar deeds were perpetrated by the “Banderowcy” in numerous Polish villages in Wolyn and Podole. There are a number of eyewitnesses that managed to survive and publish their memoirs.

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           Night came to Ostrogi, dark, cold and without stars. The whole town was covered with a strange silence and it looked like there was no one alive. Whom ever thought that would be wrong. In hundreds of houses people were hiding, holding their breaths. They were waiting and listening if the fallen snow would give warnings that some one was coming, if by chance the clink of metal would signal the coming of armed men. They were listening for the sounds of guns, who yesterday they heard firing a distance away. But all was quiet. War, which somewhere in the East was being bloodily fought, which painted the white snow with the blood of dying men, and their dying breath was strangely quiet. Two days the last unit of “AK*” departed for the forests leaving them defenceless. The unarmed people of the towns demoralised by two occupying powers were in the mercy of local bands of murderers, who killed and burned the local towns.

            In the large house of the Mirski family, which was in the vicinity of Tatarska Brama, were a number of families, friends from local villages and neighbours, who were afraid to spend the nights alone, and those who escaped from the local villages to get away from the Ukrainian killings. On the mattresses on the floor slept a dozen children. They didn’t know of the dangerous situation. The adults were all in the kitchen, they were afraid to get undressed and go to bed.

The Bandera’s thugs (Banderowcy) mainly attacked at night.

Some of them were asleep on the floor leaning against the walls of the kitchen, the remainder were sitting around the kitchen table. It was very cramped in the kitchen. They all started to say their prayers, when Mr Mirski said ‘ snow is squeaking, they are coming’. Marysia his daughter looked out of the window and couldn’t see anything,’ “You’re dreaming dad go back to sleep’. No sooner than she said that, then the front doors were thrown of their hinges and fell to the floor.

        ‘Smert Lacham*’ ‘Smert, Smert’, shouted a number of men as they all rushed into the house

            Those in the kitchen didn’t even have time to get to their feet. Only Mirski had time to grab hold of the pitchfork that he brought to the house, to late, he was pounced upon by a number of them, before he even had the time to use it he was hit by a number of axes. The second person to die was his wife. On her grey head fell an axe wielded by Myron who used to help her with chopping wood for the winter. She fell face down on the table, she didn’t even have time to scream.

            Soon the only thing that could be heard was the deep breathing of the attackers and swearing by the doors that were locked and couldn’t be forced to the remainder of the house. In time even they gave in. In a few corners of the house could be heard the dull thud of an axe as it finished of the remaining adults. All of a sudden all was quiet, it looked as no one was left alive, then a frightened scream from Marysia was heard;

        “Don’t kill the children, God will never forgive you for this

            The attackers were rooted to the spot, they were shocked by what they saw. By the door to the dining room holding a pitchfork in her hands which she took from the dead hands of her father, stood covered in blood a girl. Her eyes showed hate, as to the extent that some of the attackers felt goose bumps on their backs. First to compose himself was Mykola, commander of “Kuszowego Widdilu”.

            Take the lachy bi***, he barked his order, but as some of the men rushed towards her. Marysia managed to escape to the dining room and close the doors behind her. She closed the door and placed a chair to support the doors.

    The children woken up were crying, Marysia broke the windows.

        “Run – she started to scream at them – Run”

            The men on the other side of the door heard the breaking glass and some of them rushed outside, those in the kitchen started hurriedly to hit the door with their axes. Marysia didn’t have an inkling to surrender. She struck the first one that came in through the window. He didn’t expect that and fell back out onto the snow screaming with pain.

            Marysia didn’t wait, she broke the remaining windows, and pushed through them the two oldest children. Others couldn’t get out, she then jumped outside and leaning through the window tried to get the smallest ones out. In the mean time the doors to the kitchen were destroyed by the axe men. Few men run into the kitchen. They started to cut with axes and thrust with their pitchforks. The screams of the dying children took the heart from Marysia. She panicked and started to run, as far as possible from that terrible place. Chasing her were the last screams of Zosia, grand daughter of Gorski family. The Ukrainians saw her as she sat with her knees drawn under her chin in the darkest corner of the room. That didn’t save her, she died from stab wounds of the assailants pitchforks.

            One of the men took a candle and started to look around the room, they couldn’t find the body of Marysia so they went searching outside. In the fruit garden behind the pear tree they fund Janek, grandson of the Mirski family. He was shivering from cold and from fright. His pleading eyes looked with pity towards them and begged for mercy. He didn’t understand what was happening, why did Marysia tell him to run from the warm house into the freezing garden. He looked with eyes wide open at the men that were gathering around him in a circle, and saw how they were raising their pitchforks. He was surprised that they wanted to hurt him. He had never seen any of them before and whenever he came home through the fields he never did any harm to the Ukrainian wheat fields. Why did they want to hurt him? The men didn’t have the time to ask. Stepan with one quick hit of an axe split the boy’s skull in two, two of his accomplices thrust him with their pitchforks, just for good measure. They were going after Marysia. They wanted to “play” with her, she was pretty, and then they’d cut her throat, slowly so that she could feel the knife until she died. Moments later they came upon Zosia Makowska. She didn’t even have the time to scream, when Taras thrust his pitchfork into her.

            The sky started to get lighter, and soon the first rays of the morning sun came through. On a Gothic Cerkiew the crosses were seen to shine in the morning sunshine. Ukrainians knew that the time of killing was over, it was time to go home to their wives and children. They were mad as they couldn’t catch the girl. Stepan swore, he was mad, whole night he “fought” for the independent Ukraine and chasing that girl proved fruitless. In the meantime those who stayed in the houses took all the possessions of the slain.

        When the men of the neighbouring village came to the house there were puddles of blood that had frozen on the ground and the bodies of the children were laid out in a circle around the table like a wreath…”

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Seventy one years ago a reign of terror was unleashed against the Polish population of Volhynia and Eastern Galicia. It was a bloodbath – a horrific carnage of unspeakable proportions that even today historians are compelled to turn their faces away from the facts, preferring to remain oblivious to one of the most heinous massacres of World War II. Any mention of it during the communism era in Poland, was strictly taboo. Now the truth is emerging.


At the start of WWII, political undercurrents rapidly escalated in the eastern borderlands of Poland that had catastrophic effects. Many Polish people were unknowingly on the precipice of destruction, but were assured by their Ukrainian neighbours that no malice would befall them.  It was a ruse.  Dmyto Klyachkivsky, senior commander of the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army), had issued an order that all males of Polish origin between the ages of 16 and 60, residing in the regions of Volhynia and Eastern Galicia were to be “liquidated”.
The UPA action began in March 1943 and continued unabated to the end of the war. When it was all over, there were up to 90,000 Polish casualties: from 40,000 to 60,000 Polish people were murdered in Volhynia, and between 25,000 and 30,000 Poles were killed in Galicia. Most were women and children.

The UPA was the military adjunct of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, aka the Bandera faction, whose prime objectives were to establish a united,  independent  and ethnically homogeneous Ukrainian state.  All foreigners were considered enemies, foremost among them were the Polish people (in particular the Polish Underground), as well occupants from the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia.  

The strategy of the UPA  was to wield violence as a political tool in the attempt to drive out all non-Ukrainians from the future Ukrainian state.  (Incidentally, the UPA and OUN-B (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) had briefly cooperated with Nazi German forces in waging battle against the Soviets when the Red Army began exhibiting military ambitions in the region.)   The level of violence grew to unimaginable proportions.  According to a OUN order, all traces of Polish establishments were to be completely erased foremost the destruction of Polish Catholic churches, Polish homes, and even trees and orchards that had been planted by Polish people,  “…so that there will be no trace that someone lived there….”.
The tensions between the Ukrainians and Polish peoples had its roots in antiquity, marked by the infamous Khmelnytsky Uprising from 1648 to 1657.  The battles resulted in substantial loss of control by the Polish szlachta (Polish nobility) as well as Jewish intermediaries and ecclesiastical hierarchy and virtually ended Polish power in the region.  Unsurprisingly, the void was quickly occupied by Imperial Russia.

However after the end WWI, nationalistic fervor exploded resulting in an epic struggle by Poles and Ukrainians to reclaim the territories of Volhynia and Eastern Galicia – a conflict which persisted during the inter-war years. During the 1930s the OUN launched a series of terrorist actions against the Second Polish Republic.

In September 1939, after the joint invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian nationalists seized upon the opportunity of “cleansing” Polish influence from territories that they considered to be Ukrainian.

The height of the carnage took place during the months of July and August of 1943, when UPA troops marched through hundreds of villages, killing thousands upon thousands of Polish civilians on sight. Roving gangs of murderous thugs teamed up with the UPA, and armed with torches, axes, pitchforks and bayonets, descended upon villages, raping women, stabbing pregnant women, dismembering children, crucifying priests, and disemboweling or beheading their victims. The attacks were not random, but carefully planned, and instigated when least expected, at around 3:00 am, when no person could escape in time. Initially, Polish residents had a false sense of security because the members of the UPA promised that they would not be harmed. In the aftermath of the massacres, personal Polish property was looted, and entire villages were razed to the ground, disappearing forever. These actions continued until the Polish people were either murdered or deported. Many Ukrainians tried to shelter their Polish neighbours and ended up sharing the same horrific fate.The only survivors were those who managed to flee to larger centres where the German occupying forces had garrisons. They were then deported by the Nazis to Germany as forced labour.

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According to a survey conducted by the Polish Public Opinion Research Center (CBOS –July 5, 2013 ), approximately half of Polish citizens are unaware who initiated the Volyn tragedy (another name of Volhynia) and who suffered from it, which was suppressed by the communist regime.  The massacres of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia – today’s Ukraine – took place between 1943-47, and were part of an operation carried out in Nazi Germany-occupied Poland (according to preWW2 borders) by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), a guerilla force of Ukrainian nationalists. The poll, entitled “Difficult Memory: Volhynia 1943,” was conducted on the website of Polonews referring to Polskie Radio, showed that more than 47% Polish respondents do not know who committed the crimes and who suffered during the Volyn tragedy.

The worst of the massacres took place in July and August 1943 when a senior UPA commander, Dmytro Klyachkivsky, ordered the liquidation of the entire male Polish population between 16 and 60 years of age. However, the ethnic cleansing was by no means limited to the male population, as most of the victims were women and children, and the order resulted in 40,000-60,000 Polish civilian deaths in the Volhynia region alone. The worst of the massacres took place on 11th of July 1943.

In Ukraine there is a tendency to gloss over this terrible date, as if the anniversary of Volyn massacre was an ‘inconvenient’ memory. Current Ukrainian politicians would wish to see Ukraine forget this crime as soon as possible. 

Moreover, they are trying to portray people who are responsible for the brutal mass murders of civilians as Ukrainian national heroes. Those responsible for these crimes are UIA leaders who are now canonized by Ukrainian nationalists. The Freedom party does not only justify the Volyn executioners – but also sets their actions as examples to the new generations of Ukrainians. Unfortunately, the country’s political leadership also turns a blind eye to the attempts to commemorate the Volyn tragedy.

http://www.volhyniamassacre.eu/

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ddc_1373733940
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=304_1361409356
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vLh0PaqfIE
http://www.sott.net/article/231739-The-Massacre-of-Poles-in-Volhynia-Lessons-for-Ukraine

Further proof the evil beasts have not changed and have struck again!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOLEOt4E4fY

It’s not enough to be born human. One should live as a human.

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5 comments on “The Volyn massacre of Poles

  1. Cj aka Elderofzyklons Blog
    July 10, 2014

    Reblogged this on ElderofZyklon's Blog!.

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  3. one_guy
    September 29, 2016

    Bandera was from 1941 to 1944 in germany as prisoner. The Germans has killed most of ukrianian OUN leader and replaced them by Nazis – germans and ukrainian nazis.

    20 years befor that, polish people startet and ethnic cleansing of ukrainians, disallowed ukrainian language and banned ukrainians from goverment.

    So they started to be imperalistic, the killed first AND did not mention it until today. Justice for Poland? Start to talk about forced polonization of Ukrainians ….

    • HKW
      September 29, 2016

      First of all: go back to school and to learn proper English. Secondly; I understand your defending of ukrainian guilty conscience, which in no way can excuse the torturous methods used by ukrainian beasts from hell on Polish population. Were any of the following methods used in the so-called “forced polonization’? Ripping off skin from ones’ back while still alive, ripping bodies apart in half, impaling little children children on picket fences and many more much to graphic to describe, or some readers may end up with a heart attack.
      Anyway,here is the link.
      http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/02/unthinkable-atrocities-of-banderites.html

      UKRAINE NEVER WAS!!!

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