August 28 2010 Polish Culture Newsletter
Today I would like to present you two articles. They bring knowledge about past and history of Poland, however, might be hard to swollow to many. The events, described in the articles, prove that every nation is capable of cruelty to defend the place where they live. Is co-existence not possible? For people that took part in Volyn Massacre and in Wisla action such co-existence seemed to be impossible. I decided to promote both articles in one newsletter to offer the opportunity to get to know infjustice made to Poles and injustice made by Poles.
Volyn tragedy of 1943
World War II was for Poland not only Nazi occupation but also the need to face pre-war conflicts over the shape of its borders. Nations that used to live within one homeland, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, started to fight for their independent existence.
The operation was a part of the plan that aimed to decrease the number of Ukrainian population that inhabited southeastern part of Poland. It was preceded by exchange of citizens between Poland and Soviet Ukraine, that stayed within the two countries after the change of the borders.
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