CRIMES WITHOUT PUNISHMENT

Zbrodnie bez kary


Author: Łukasz Kuźmicz
Publisher: AP-W „Sandra” in Rzeszów

Publishing Year: 2006
Pages: 349
Softcover

Price: 40 pln + shipping charges



OUN-UPA activity in Volhynia

After Adolph Hitler made Ukrainian Governement founded on 30 June 1941 in Lviv illegal and some of OUN activists were arrested together with Stepan Bandera, one of OUN main activists Roman Shukhevytch (Taras Chuprynka) moved to Polesie and on 12 October 1942 founded Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). His main purpose was to elimate all Poles from Volhynia and Eastern Lesser Poland. In spring 1943 local murders bagan and from the beginning of July until the end of August it became a massive massacre. Numerous publications concerning these events have been released and it is impossible to present them in only one issue.


Col. Robert Satanowski – the leader of the Partisan Detachment “Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła”. After the war he became a director of The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.


Capt. Zofia Drożdż-Satanowska – a political officer of the Partisan Detachment, editor of ”Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła” paper. Wife of Robert Satanowski.

In December 1942 OUN passed a resolution, where these words could be found: „It is out of question that Poles cannot be expelled — expelling will do nothing, it will only reinforce Mazurian external forces. It is about physical extermination which means a total immediate annihilation... heedless of anything, regardless of sex or age. The entire property ought to be burnt, valuables (robbed) earmarked for Ukraine Liberation Fund”.

„Dear friend Ruben!

I deliver you a message that a representative of OUN National Council – UPA-North commanding officer “Kłym Sawur” gave me a directive to physically eliminate Polish people who live on the border territory. For a full execution of these directives, please thoroughly prepare to these operations against Poles. I appoint the ones responsible: “Lysoho – UPA's battalion leader in the areas adjoining the Bug River, “Sosenka” in Turzyn, Owadnice, Oździurzyce districts and “Hołubenka” in Kovel County.
Glory to Ukrainians!

June 24, 1943 „stawka”.
UPA's group leader “Turiw” “Rudyj”


Partisans of 27th Volhynian Infantry Division who got beyond the front line to the Russian Army, were grouped in Kiwerce in Volhynia and after they rested and put on their uniforms they were conscripted into 1st battalion of 5th Infantry Regiment of 2nd Polish Army Division.

The leadership of Ukrainian Insurgent Army informed Gestapo about committed crimes in Łuck. The quoted document is an evidence of these events.

The report by the commander of Police and SD security Service of Volhynia and Podole, SS Sturmbannfürer Karl Pütz from September 14, 1943 to SS Gruppenführer of IV office of Geheime Staatpolizei (Gestapo):

„IV – A – 53(43
Łuck, September 14, 1943

Top secret. Matter of national importance.
To commander-in-chief of national SS Protective Squadron
SS Gruppenführer and Police General lieutenant Müller.
Personally. Top secret.
Berlin

On the meeting on 12 September,1943 one of the leaders of Bandera's OUN group said that on 29 and 30 August Ukrainian units had carried out a massive extermination of Poles in Volhynia.

According to his information Ukrainian Insurgent Army's sub-units exterminated over 15.000 Poles in Volhynian region what will certainly have a negative impact on the relations between the Ukrainans and Polish nationalists and will foster even greater hostility between them.

Police and SD Security Service commander
of Volhynia and Podole
Pütz.”

The author of the book ZBRODNIE BEZ KARY (Crimes without punishment) presented in his work only some of the murders committed mostly in villages: Kąty, Jankowce, Ostrówki and Wola Ostrowiecka in Lubolm County in Volhynia – located between Chełm and Luboml approximately 10-15 km from the Polish border along the Bug River, Kovel. On August 30, 1943 sotnias of Ukrainian Insurgent Army at commander's order murdered 1184 people including 447 children and infants in these villages . On August 29 and 30, 15.000 Poles were murdered in the surrounding areas. Historians determine that 60.000 people were exterminated only in Volhynia and around 200.000 in the areas of the Polish Eastern Frontiers.


After the citizens of Polish villages : Kąty, Jankowce, Ostrówki and Wola Ostrowiecka – on the map marked with numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 – were murdered on 30 August 1943, they no longer existed. The citizens of Kuśniszcze village sheltered in Lubolm and later in Rymacze village on the Bug River.


The villages burnt by Ukrainian Insurgent Army on 30 August 1943 do not appear on today's maps.

Why did the author of this book choose exactly these villages? Most of all because his murdered relatives and friends lived there. He spoke personally with those who sheltered in Lubolm and Rymacze village on the Bug River and he heard direct relations of these crimes from them. And finally because in 1992 (17.08.1992 – 22.08.1992) 24 specialists from Poland exhumed the remains from the mass graves and these murders were confirmed with prepared documents. On August 30, 1992 – exactly in the 49th anniversary of Volhynian crimes, the exhumed remains were buried. Priests and representatives of Polish and Ukrainian Government took part in this ceremony. Nevertheless, it was difficult to see this event broadcasted in Polish television or described in press. These crimes cannot be denied in any way. Further details can be seen in the book.