Deportations of Ukrainian population and the same time anti insurgent operations conducted during the Wisła Operation in 1947 provoke much interest among researchers and the general public. The actions taking place between April 28, and July 31, 1947, resulted into forced resettlement of over 140,000 Ukrainians, and also most of the forest units of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army neutralized. Deportations of population and their scattering through the foreign cultural environment to be fully assimilated was a formative experience for Ukrainian minority in Poland. The memory on the events plays a role still today, despite the fact that it’s been the third adult generation of the descendants. The Wisła Operation was one of the central topics in the Polish-Ukrainian dialogue on the past.
Discussant: Fr. Bohdan Prach, Ph.D, rector of UCU
The lecture was conducted in Polish.
The lecture by Grzegorz Motyka will take place as part of the international workshop "Postwar Resettlement and Experience of the Borderland People" organized by the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of the UCU, the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, and the Institute of Political Research of the PAS.
Grzegorz Motyka is a historian, director of the Institute of Political Research pf the PAS, expert in the 20th century Polish and Ukrainian history. Recent books: "Volhynia'43" (2016) and "Round-up on White Poles: NKVD forces Fighting the Polish Underground, 1944-1953" (2014).