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04.02.2009

Declassified documents passed to the Polish Institute of National Remembrance

   

The Press Centre of the Security Service [SBU] reports of a meeting between the Acting Head of the SBU Valentyn Nalyvaichenko and a delegation from Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance.

Nr Nalyvaichenko stressed the success of cooperation between Ukraine and Poland in this area. He mentioned that seven volumes had already been published of a joint series entitled “Poland and Ukraine in the 1930s and 1940s: Previously unknown documents from Security Service archives”. The latest volume was the book “Holodomor in Ukraine 1932-1933” which was presented during the commemoration events to honour the victims of Holodomor, first in Ukraine, then in Poland.  An English-language version of the book is soon to appear.

At present, in cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration’s Archives, and the Institute of National Remembrance, the SBU is preparing the next book in the series: “The Great Terror in Ukraine: the Polish operation of 1937-1938”.

During the meeting, the Polish Delegation were given electronic copies of documents relating to repressive measures against Poles in the 1930s and 40s,, including correspondence within the Ukrainian NKVD regarding repressions in 1935-1936 in the case of the “Polish Military Organization”, as well as other cases regarding “Polish counterrevolutionary activity and spies”.

A large collection of documents refers to the NKVD operation in resettling over 15 thousand Polish and German families (around 70 thousand people) from the Vinnytsa and Kyiv regions to Kazakstan in 1936.

There are also documents about the detention and tragic fate of Polish prisoners of war held in NKVD camps on Ukrainian territory in 1940.

It was agreed that in the near future the SBU and Institute of National Remembrance would sign an Agreement on joint study of archival documents regarding Holodomor and other forced famines, as well as the political repressions of the totalitarian communist regime form 1917 to 1991.

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