"Lemkivshchyna thru the Creative Works of Vasyl Madzelan"
- Forward by Ivan Krasovskiy
- Village Farm Work During the Year
- National Industries
- Manners and Customs
- Lyakhy - Old name for Poles
- Sobitka - Summer festivity
- "Great Mud Puddle" - Emigré for "Atlantic Ocean"
- Thalerhof - Austrian City. World War I concentration camp
- "Wisla" - Genocidal action of Poland following World War II
- JAWORZNO Concentration Camp for Ukrainians in Poland, 1947 - 1949
The Jaworzno concentration camp (officially called the Central Labour
Camp in Jaworzno) was one of the repressive methods used by the Polish
authorities against the Ukrainian population during and after Operation
"Wisla." It was located on the site of the infamous concentration camp SS-Lager Dachsgrube - a branch of the Auschwitz KZ-Lager near Krakow. The entire infrastructure of the Auschwitz
concentration camp was utilized, along with the same methods of
physical and mental torture and abuse inflicted upon the imprisoned.
The German methods were supplemented by the Soviet slave labor camp
practices and experiences.
The area of the camp contained 14 typical barracks, the same as were
used in Auschwitz, baths, a kitchen, and a sanitary barrack. The
security of the camp was composed of 12 brick watchtowers as well as
double rows of barbed wire connected to a high voltage source. From one
side the camp there was a three meter high brick wall. The camp was guarded
by a detachment of the Polish Internal Security Forces.
Almost 4,000 Ukrainians were prisoners of the camp, including more than
800 women and 20 children. In order to speed up the process of
denationalization, almost the entire Ukrainian intelligentsia were
arrested and imprisoned in the camp. As a result of torture, hunger,
and inhumane conditions more than 160 Ukrainians died in the camp.
- Lemko commmemoration of expultion by action "Wisla" from their homeland in the Carpathian Mountains
®1997 Jon W. Madzelan
English translation by Tania & Walter Maksimovich
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