Genocide and Rescue in Wolyn: Recollections of the Ukrainian Nationalist Ethnic Cleansing Campaign Against the Poles During World War II
Edited by Tadeusz Piotrowski
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, who sometimes turned out to be their neighbors, relatives, and former friends. Other Ukrainians took terrible risks to protect Poles from the slaughter, and often paid for their compassion with their lives.
The children who survived them vividly remember these atrocities and now, many decades later, tell their tragic tales--not with rancor or bitterness, but with hope that their words will further the cause of peace. 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. Demographic and other statistical information on the area is provided. Also included are appendices listing the Ukrainian victims and providing additional stories from other provinces, as well as ample Ukrainian, Polish, Soviet, German, and Jewish documentation and a comprehensive chronology. An index and bibliography are also included.
"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-rendering."
Against the Grain
"important. . . meticulous scholarship. . . pleasingly rounded off with five appendices, 25 tables and 12 maps, all of which provide further detailed information about this truly appalling genocidal episode."
The Journal of Holocaust Education
TADEUSZ PIOTROWSKI, a native of Wolyn, and his family lived under both the Soviet and the German occupations of Poland's eastern territories until August 1943. He 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 received the Outstanding Associate Professor Award for 1996-1997. Piotrowski won the 1998 Literary Award from the Polish Socio-Cultural Centre of the Polish Library in London and the 1995 Cultural Achievement Award from the American Council for Polish Culture. He lives in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Publishing House: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson 2000
Softcover book measuring 7.25" x 10.25" x 0.7"
331 pages, maps, tables, index
English Language Version
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