Polish president will travel to honor Soviet victims

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Sept. 23, 2010, 11:22 p.m. | Ukraine — by Mark Rachkevych

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, front left, observes a minute of silence during a wreath-laying ceremony at the former Nazi concentration camp of Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg, Germany, Friday, Sept. 3.
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Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Poland’s new president, Bronislaw Komorowski, will visit Kharkiv’s memorial to victims of totalitarian regimes.
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Anonymous Sept. 24, 2010, 8:48 a.m.    

"some of the animals remembered--or thought they remembered--that the Sixth Commandment decreed 'No animal shall kill any other animal.' And though no one cared to mention it in the hearing of the pigs or the dogs, it was felt that the killings which had taken place did not square with this."

- George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 8

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Anonymous Sept. 24, 2010, 5:08 p.m.

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Anonymous Sept. 24, 2010, 6:40 p.m.    

The “black raven’ usually came at night; the NKVD agents would search the house, or sometimes, without even bothering to conduct a search. Simply ordered the person they came for to get ready. This was the last time that the family would see of him. All those arrests were made on the grounds that those arrested were “enemies of the people”. In Stalin’s time , when “suspects” numbered in the tens of millions, a card from a relative be it from Poland or some other country.

Or, the possession of a crucifix or prayerbook, constituted sufficient incriminating evidence to warrant immediate arrest. In many cases, arrests were made soley on the basis of groundless and purely malicious reports by informers.

There was hardly a family left in Ukraine that was not affected by this terrible wave of arrests that lasted until the outbreak of World War II.

Prisons were filled with people sentenced without trial, simply because a group of blood-thirsty tyrants in the Kremlin, with the depraved Stalin at their head, had, in effect, condemned the whole nation as “an enemy of the people.”

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Anonymous Sept. 24, 2010, 6:26 p.m.    

According to the September 30 issue of Komsomolskyi Prapor, official newspaper of the Ivano-Frankivske Oblast Komsomol (Communist Youth League), on September 21, in Demianiv Laz, a nature preserve near Pasichna, south of Ivano-Frankivske, a mass gravesite was unearthed.

Found along with the bodies — some 500 exhumed thus far – were documents proving that these were victims of the NKVD, executed in 1941. Many of the dead were prisoners in the secret police’s prison in Stanislav, now Ivano-Frankivske.

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Anonymous Sept. 24, 2010, 6:30 p.m.    

Many people talk about Katyn, and few people know about Bykivnia – and they are related.

Up to 1,000% more victims (Ukrainian and Polish Intelligentsia) of sinful genocide were buried in Bykivnia than in Katyn.

From the early 1920s until late 1940s through the Kremlin's purges, the Soviet government hauled the bodies of tortured and killed political prisoners to the pine forests outside the village of Bykivnia and buried them in a grave that spanned 161,500 square feet (15,000 m2). So far 210 mass graves have been identified by Polish and Ukrainian archaeologists working at the site. During the Soviet retreat in the early stages of the Operation Barbarossa, the retreating Soviet troops leveled the village to the ground. The mass grave site was discovered by the Germans along with many other such sites throughout Ukraine.

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Anonymous Sept. 24, 2010, 6:34 p.m.    

Nobody knows the exact number buried here, but Vladislav said that at least 70-80 thousand Ukrainians… And almost everyone of them has descendants and, most likely in this city of Donetsk.

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