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Genocide and rescue in Wołyń : recollections of the Ukrainian nationalist ethnic cleansing campaign against the Poles during World War II

by Tadeusz Piotrowski; Mazal Holocaust Collection.;

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Eastern Europe Genocide   (2014-04-22)


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by jbmaxwell

I read part of the book and stopped out of consideration of time.  The writing is good.  This covers an area of the Eastern Europe conflict during and after WWII that I was completely unfamiliar with though it certainly has bearing on contemporary politics in the area.  The book does a good job in giving statistics and breaks down the events to a region by region, county by county (?), village by village account of atrocities.  The author has gone to great lengths to collect the stories of survivors who endured and survived the events and publish them.  This book does not pull any punches and like a good accounting of war brutality, discusses the gross realities of what transpired. 

The book does not read like a comprehensive history in the narrative format much like you would find in a book like you would find in Timothy Snyder's, "The Bloodlands", but more akin to a collection of testimonies that speak to the volume of voices that want the events to be remembered.  There is some good background information for the conflict in the beginning that helps the reader understand the historical enmity between the Ukrainian and Polish ethnic groups.  I plan to read the rest of it at a future date.

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