Genocide and Rescue in Wolyn

Recollections of the Ukrainian Nationalist Ethnic Cleansing Campaign Against the Poles During World War II


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About the Book

After the 1939 Soviet and 1941 Nazi invasions, the people of Southeast Poland underwent a third and even more terrible ordeal when they were subjected to mass genocide by the Ukrainian Nationalists. Tens of thousands of Poles were tortured and murdered, not by foreign invaders, but by their fellow citizens—sometimes neighbors, relatives, and former friends. The children who survived them vividly remember these atrocities and now, many decades later, tell their tragic tales. These accounts, never before published in English, describe the brutal murders these children witnessed, their own miraculous survival, and the heroic rescues that saved them.

About the Author(s)

Tadeusz Piotrowski is a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester where he also teaches courses in anthropology and the Holocaust, and where he served as the Associate Dean of Faculty. He has received many awards including the Outstanding Associate Professor Award. He lives in Manchester.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Tadeusz Piotrowski
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 331
Bibliographic Info: maps, tables, chronology, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [2000]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4245-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1032-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Maps      ix
Preface      1
Introduction      7

1. Dubno County      29
2. Horochów County      33
3. Kostopol County      46
4. Kowel County      56
5. Krzemieniec County      73
6. Luboml County      81
7. Luck County      92
8. Równe County      107
9. Sarny County      116
10. Wùodzimierz County      120
11. Zdoùbunów County      145

Appendix A: Ukrainian Victims by County      148
Appendix B: Three Stories From Eastern Galicia      167
Appendix C: Excerpts from Documents      175
Appendix D: Chronology      222
Appendix E: Mutual Declaration of the Presidents of the Republic of Poland and Ukraine Regarding Understanding and Reconciliation      255
Notes      257
Bibliography      282
Index      295

Book Reviews & Awards

“survivors tell of the brutal torture and murder of thousands of Poles…vividly document[s] a terrifying episode in history”—Booklist; “the most complete account…one of the few books telling of this horrific episode published in English. The intensity of the brutality…is both consistent and mindboggling. The excerpts are both poignant and heart-rending”—Against the Grain; “sobering…useful and detailed chronology”—Stone & Stone Second World War Books; “important…meticulous scholarship…pleasingly rounded off with five appendices, 25 tables and 12 maps, all of which provide further detailed information about this truly appaling genocidal episode”—The Journal of Holocaust Education.