Controversy surrounding the Lviv pogroms of 1941
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In the Lviv pogroms of June and July 1941, during World War II, an estimated 4,000–9,000 people were killed within the space of one month in Lviv (also known as Lwów or Lvov), many of them Polish Jews.
The first massacre was an antisemitic pogrom by local militants, encouraged by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), in which 4,000 Jews were killed in the streets immediately before and after the takeover of Lviv by German forces. The second massacre, which was committed by the newly-arrived SS Einsatzgruppe C, specifically targeted Jews, under the guise of retaliation for the mass killings carried out by the NKVD: 2,500 to 3,000 Jews were herded into a stadium and then taken by lorries to a remote execution site at Janowska. The antisemitic killings culminated before the end of July in the so-called "Petlura Days" massacre of more than 2,000 more Jews by Ukrainian nationalists, with the approval of the Nazi administration.
Controversy exists regarding the exact dates in which these atrocities took place, the numbers affected, and the sources of information. The confusion is amplified by the political agenda of parties involved, including national viewpoints in a variety of sources as to the alleged involvement in the Lviv civilian massacres by prominent political and historic figures and groups in the massacre, notably Theodor Oberländer, Roman Shukhevych and the Nachtigall Battalion.
- 1 Investigation and the Nuremberg Trials (1945-46)
- 2 Book by Albert Norden (1959)
- 3 Book by Tadeusz Piotrowski (1998)
- 4 Book by Sergei Chuyev (2004)
- 5 Accounts by Holocaust scholars
- 6 Yushchenko's visit to Israel (2007)
- 7 Ukrainian Security Service
- 8 Footnotes
- 9 References
Investigation and the Nuremberg Trials (1945-46)
Immediately after World War II, the Soviet Union began examining the German mass murder of civilians perpetrated in the summer of 1941 specifically in the Distrikt Galizien and in Reichskommissariat Ukraine because both regions remained part of the Soviet Ukraine after Europe's postwar reorganization. The Soviets formed a special commission to examine the crimes (only the German crimes) and to name the culprits. The Extraordinary State Commission published its findings in Kyiv in 1945 and delivered them to Nuremberg. [note 1] According to the report by "Extraordinary State Commission on Crimes Committed by the Germans in the Territory of the Lvov Region", even before the German seizure of Lviv on 30 July 1941, the Gestapo detachments were preparing lists of the most prominent representatives of the intelligentsia who were to be annihilated. The mass arrests and executions began immediately after the takeover of Lviv. The Soviet Chief Prosecutor Roman Rudenko stated that the murder of Soviet [sic] citizens was not done by separate bandit groups of German officers and soldiers, but "according to organized plans" by the German army, the police and the SS.
Meanwhile, the German SD documents introduced by the prosecution in the principal trial at Nuremberg and later at the American trial of SS-Gruppenführer Otto Ohlendorf (Nuremberg Trial No. 9)[clarification needed] show that the civilian population of the city participated in the abuses in the presence of Sicherheitsdienst; for instance, an SD report informed that: "the population rounded up some 1,000 Jews and drove them to the prison that had been occupied by the Wehrmacht ... The Lvov prisons were full with the corpses of murdered Ukrainians ... between 3,000 and 4,000. Reliable information also indicates – stated the report – that some 20,000 Ukrainians, of whom at least 80 percent belong to the intelligentsia, were deported to inner Russia. Similar conditions were observed in the neighboring towns, e.g., Dobromil, Sambor, and vicinity ... As reprisal for these atrocities 7,000 Jews were picked up and shot" (dated 31 July 1941).
Book by Albert Norden (1959)
In 1959 the East German professor Albert Norden in his sensational Braunbuch exposé (translated into 10 languages) alleged that the killings in Lviv perpetrated in part by members of the Ukrainian Nachtigall Battalion, remain linked to an active minister in the West German government, Theodor Oberländer. A committee was formed in East Berlin to look into his allegations concerning the possible participation of Oberländer, a former German officer attached to the Battalion, in the atrocities in Lviv. According to Українська правда, of the 19 witnesses who testified against him, only three had ever been to Lviv where the atrocities were to have taken place, and all three had been there only in transit. Nevertheless the East German court found him guilty and sentenced Oberländer in absentia to life imprisonment. The London AJR paper reported that he was sentenced to death should he ever step on East German territory.
Another court investigation was launched in West Germany. Among the forthcoming new documents were statements by the former members of the Nachtigall Battalion from the Soviet Union, translated and forwarded in April 1960 to Ludwigsburg. The indictment stated that the Nachtigall Battalion killed Jews and Poles in Lviv, Zolochiv, Sataniv, Yuzvyn (Yuzvin, now Nekrasovo), Mykhalpol (spelled Mihalpol, also Mihampol) and on the night of 3–4 July they shot hundreds of Polish intellectuals. The West German courts examined the documents. According to Українська правда, the examiners came to the conclusion that most of the members of the Nachtigall Battalion knew about the terrible killings done by the NKVD, and that among the victims were members of the families of a number of the soldiers. The NKVD had murdered over 5,000 prisoners in jails before the German occupation. Shukhevych's younger brother was one of those killed. Some 232 witnesses testified and, according to Українська правда, Oberländer was cleared of any wrongdoing along with the others.
At the same time Soviet sources, in order to cover up their participation in the murder of thousands of Ukrainian and Polish civilians in Lviv, also spread a rumor that Oberlander had ordered the murder of Stepan Bandera, which was disproved when Bandera's Soviet assassin, Bohdan Stashynsky, defected to the West and confessed.
Book by Tadeusz Piotrowski (1998)
In his book Poland's Holocaust, Polish-American sociologist and World War II historian Tadeusz Piotrowski provided eyewitness accounts of the Lviv massacres, and quoted Professor Czesław Łuczak's claim that Nachtigall regiment took part in the murder of Polish and Jewish populace of Lwów before moving on to Złoczów, Tarnopol, Satanów, Proskurov and Vinnitsa. Local eyewitnesses: A. Rzepicki and Wanda Ossowska (pl) saw Ukrainian soldiers, believed to come from Nachtigall, rounding up Jews (covered in blood) and making them carry the bodies of Ukrainians. Piotrowski quoted the 1989 study by Professor Włodzimierz Bonusiak (pl) who wrote the following.
The arrests and murders were carried out by four different formations. They were: the Ukrainian police, "Nachtigall", Feldgestapo, and Einsatzkommando.... On the evening of July 3, 1941 around 10:00 p.m., groups consisting of officers and non-commissioned officers of the Gestapo and field gendarmerie together with soldiers from the Nachtigall battalion moved on to the various streets of Lwów in order to arrest the Polish intellectuals on the basis of lists provided. — Bonusiak, Kto zabił profesorów lwowskich, KAW, 1989.
On May 2, 1966, the Hamburg Procurator von Belov wrote: "Findings inside and outside the country produced the following conclusions. ... The Ukrainian militia and the 'Ukrainian Liberation Army' took part in these outrages which also involved arbitrary killings." According to Piotrowski, both Albert Norden and Werner Brockdorff concur that between 1–7 July 1941 Nachtigall and OUN-B under Mykola Lebed killed 3,000 Jews and Poles in the city: "Anyone who fell into their hands during these hours, lost his life."
Book by Sergei Chuyev (2004)
On June 30 in Lviv the German administration started mass repressions. The commander of the Einzatzgruppen C Dr. Rasch had attributed the death of those incarcerated in the Lviv jails to the "Jews from the NKVD," which became the spark for the terror against the Jews and Poles of Lviv. In the bloody murder of the Jews, the Einsatzgruppen under the command of brigadeerfuhrer SS Karl Eberhard Schenhardt took prominence. The sections of this group under the command of H. Kruger and Walter Kutschmann on July 4 murdered 23 Polish professors and their families. On July 11, 2 more were killed, and later the former prime-minister of Poland, Professor Bartel. In the Autumn of 1941 a ghetto was formed in Lviv.
According to the Ukrainian historian Vitaly Maslovskiy, between July 1 and July 6, Nachtigall and Roland battalions exterminated nearly three thousand Soviet activists, as well as Polish and Jewish residents.
Chuyev quoted the full text of the Act of the Restoration of the Ukrainian State (Акт о восстановлении украинского государства), which was published in Lviv on 30 June 1941, which includes the following proclamation: "3. The Restored Ukrainian State will closely collaborate with the Nazi Reich, which is creating a New Order in Europe and the World, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, and helps the Ukrainian people liberate themselves from the Moscow occupation."
Accounts by Holocaust scholars
Holocaust scholars attribute the killing of Jews to Ukrainians under the direction of the Ukrainian nationalists. The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust states: "In June–July 1941 it is estimated that over 4,000 Jews were murdered in pogroms in Lvov and other cities in Western Ukraine. The Nachtigall Battalion, under the command of Shukhevych, took part in these pogroms. The Simon Wiesenthal Center also states that the Nachtigall Battalion participated along with the Germans in pogroms where over 4,000 Jews were murdered in Lviv in July, 1941. Professor Himka from the University of Alberta states that evidence vindicates Nachtigall but that it also shows other OUN members engaged in the murder of Jews at that time.
On 6 December 2007, the then Chairman of the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Tommy Lapid, stated in an interview with the radio network Deutsche Welle that the Yad Vashem has a dossier from both German and Soviet sources showing that the Nachtigall Battalion took part in the pogroms in Lviv in the summer of 1941. "Until now, the Ukrainian side has so far not asked us for these documents", said Lapid and invited both Ukrainian historians and President Yushchenko to study them together. He added that part of these documents has already been used in the writing of the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust in 1990.
Yushchenko's visit to Israel (2007)
In November 2007 the then President Viktor Yushchenko's visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Government minister Tommy Lapid approached him voicing his disapproval of awarding Roman Shukhevych with Ukraine's highest title of "Hero of Ukraine," stating that Shukhevych had taken part in the Lviv pogroms as commander of the Nachtigall Battalion. Yushchenko replied: "No archives today can confirm any action of a punitive nature, in which soldiers of the UPA and other similar organizations took part", and stated that he was confident about it. At a foreign policy forum in Jerusalem, Yushchenko defended the award of Hero of Ukraine given posthumously to Roman Shukhevych for his role in fighting for Ukraine's independence. Addressing the charges from Holocaust researchers that Nachtigall took part in anti-Jewish atrocities in Lviv in June–July 1941, Yushchenko replied: "I have materials, documents, saying that in the course of grander context of Ukrainian rebellion, Shukhevych signed a petition that prohibited massive persecutions (of civilians)." During Yushchenko 's visit to Israel, he and the Israeli President Shimon Peres agreed to form a joint Israeli-Ukrainian working group to study their common history, including Shukhevych's role in it.
On 12 December 2007, Yushchenko met with the Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Avner Shalev, and announced formal contacts to develop a number of initiatives for the study of relationships between the Ukrainian and Jewish peoples particularly during the tragic years of World War II.
Commenting on the Israeli materials that he has not seen yet, Ukrainian historian Volodymyr Serhiychuk expressed his doubts in the seriousness of the documents mentioned by Lapid. "If there were such documents in Israel, particularly the ones passed on to them from the Soviet Union, they would have been published long ago, because the USSR was interested in compromising Shukhevych. If the materials were found in German archives they would also be known". Vladyslav Hrynevych (Гриневич) of the Institute of political and ethnopolitical research in the National Academy of Science in Ukraine, said: "All archives regarding this problem, which are in Israel, were copied form European sources, particularly from the USSR, and as a result we also have these documents". The 2007 article, published by Lenta.ru informed that Israeli invited Ukrainian historians to research Yad Vashem documents about Roman Shukhevych, and that Josef Lapid is awaiting the official invitation from the Ukrainian side. Stanislav Kulchytskyi, the deputy of the director of scientific research of the NASU Institute of history, said that there had been no invitation from the Israeli side to familiarize with their documents yet.
Ukrainian historian Vladyslav Hrynevych stated that he cannot say anything definite concerning the documents that he has not seen yet, but hypothesised that there is a version regarding the shooting of the Lviv professors, of whom a number were Jewish; however Hrynevych has so far seen no evidence that this was committed by the Nachtigall Battalion. "We do not know if this was spontaneous single activity, or a planned act, and whether it was done according to the command of Roman Shukhevych. The latter is very doubtful. If such facts were true they would have been immediately documented by the Germans, who were interested in the pogroms and even provoked them".
Immediately after Yushchenko's visit to Israel, the Head of the Kyiv Chapter of the Ukrainian Memorial Society issued an open letter to the Ukrainian President to give the Security Services of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory the documents at Yad Vashem regarding Roman Shukhevych "to be reviewed and examined for falsification by Ukrainian criminalists so that insinuations and manipulations of community memory can be halted regarding this question".
On 2 March 2008, Yad Vashem informed the Ukrainian delegation that it held no dossier on Shukhevich, and was not in possession of any documents that could incriminate him in the Lviv massacres. Moreover, Yad Vashem stated that Tommy Lapid, former justice minister and one of Yad Vashem's trustees who originally made the allegation, was not am employee of the museum, and was not authorized to make such claims on museum's behalf.
Ukrainian Security Service
In February 2008, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) archive representative Oleksander Ishchuk showed declassified documents, which provided an objective basis to the claim that the actual leadership of Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) (OUN) sought to avoid participating in violence against the civil population of Lviv between June 22 and September 1941, and provided no official orders to conduct pogroms.
In February 2006, the Ukrainian Memorial Society published on its website transcriptions and photo reproductions of original secret documents from the KGB files which pertained to the activities of the Ukrainian Nachtigall Battalion and various allegations made against it.
According to Ishchuk, the declassified documents of SBU indicate that on 4–7 July 1941, representatives of Gestapo, who arrived in Lviv, turned to the Ukrainian population inciting them to carry out an anti-Jewish pogrom. "The OUN leadership, having got to know about that, informed its members that it was a German provocation in order to compromise Ukrainians with massacres", the document reads. Television commentary from 2008 by the Ukrainian channel 5 of the release of the latest documents dealing with the Lviv civilian massacre is available online.
Announcements by Volodymyr Viatrovych (Ukraine)
On April 5, 2008, the Ukrainian newspaper "Den'" («День») published an article by the then director of the Archives of the Security Service of Ukraine, Volodymyr Viatrovych titled "The end of the Legend about Nachtigall". Viatrovych wrote that on February 28, 2008 a government delegation from Ukraine led by the head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory I. Yukhnovsky and by Viatrovych himself visited Yad Vashem to closer acquaint themselves with the Shukhevych archive. According to Viatrovych, two documents were made available by Dr. Haim Gertner, Director of Archives. One 7 pages and another 18 pages long. The first was a copy of the interrogation minutes of Luka Pavlyshyn who, according to Viatrovych, did not serve in the Nachtigall Battalion, by the KGB. According to Viatrovych, this document was well known as the basis for what he referred to as the "propaganda brochure published in 1960 to incriminate Oberlander". The second was the German translation of a deposition by Hryhory Melnyk, who according to Viatrovych, "had been trained by the KGB on 13 November 1959 and was given instructions to lie in court during the proceedings against Oberlander".
Viatrovych, held a press conference on 4 March 2008 at which he presented these documents along with his criticism of what he called "the Lapid announcement and the manner in which it was carried out by Joseph Lapid to discredit Roman Shukhevych". In Viatrovych's opinion, "all that was uncovered were distorted facts and false testimony which go against judicial principles and logic." Viatrovych also stated that the man, who had previously approached president Yushchenko - the former chairman of the Yad Vashem complex (Tommy Lapid) - was not an employee of the Yad Vashem archive.
In response, on 19 March 2008, Yad Vashem issued an official press release titled "Response to Misinformation Regarding Meeting Held Between Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister's Delegation and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem Last Month", which states that Avner Shalev, who replaced Joseph Lapid upon his illness as the Chairman of Yad Vashem, sent a letter to Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Ivan Vasyunik, "following misinformation from their meeting earlier this month that has been reported in Ukraine". According to Avner Shalev, this response expressed "disappointment with a most unfavorable and objectionable development that has been reported to us from Kiev", namely, as Avner Shalev stated, to a press conference "during which glaring and offensive inaccuracies regarding our institution and its supposed positions were belligerently expressed". He continued: "I object strenuously both to the misleading statements ascribed to Yad Vashem, as well as to the circumstances in which a guest whom we had welcomed cordially and genuinely now seeks, without any prior notice, to publicly misrepresent us. Academic research, conducted and published around the world, points to the support of, and intensive and widespread collaboration with, the German Nazi occupation of Poland and Ukraine, by Nachtigal and its commander at the time, Roman Shukeyvich.".
Regarding Viatrovych's statement that they had been told by Chaim Gertner that "no such a separate archive existed and that the documents were scattered throughout the complex", Gertner responded: "Furthermore, I most explicitly stated that Yad Vashem's Archives is not organized according to personal files, but rather organizes its close to 75 million pages of documentation according to archival collections, based on provenance. Among these documents is material from various sources related to Nachtigal's activities during World War II. During our meeting, my colleagues and I expressed our willingness to collate the material and to provide you with copies. We saw this meeting as the beginning of our dialogue, as originally envisioned by President Yuschenko, and not as the end."
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