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    79. anniversary of the Genocide in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia on July 11

    “The Volhynia massacre shock not only with the number of those killed, with its cruelty, but also with its planned methodology,” President Andrzej Duda said during the 75th anniversary of the tragic events. This year, we commemorate the 79th anniversary of the Genocide in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia.

    National Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Genocide of the Citizens of the II Polish Republic committed by Ukrainian nationalists was established by a resolution of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland on 22 July 2016. This day aims to commemorate the victims of the Volhynian massacre and other murders committed against citizens of the Second Republic of Poland by Ukrainian nationalists during World War II. 

     

    The commemoration falls on 11 July 1943, the anniversary of the so-called Bloody Sunday, which was the culmination of mass exterminations of Polish civilians in Volhynia by the OUN, and UPA, supported by the local Ukrainian population.

     

    The symbol of this day is a flax flower because it blooms for an extremely short time, usually half a day. It symbolizes the interrupted lives of tens of thousands of Victims.  

     

     

     

     

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