Dear group, we have been discussing the Katyn Ukraine List in a previous thread and I referred to the Katyn book Edited by A M. Cienciala. There are obviously many victims still unaccounted for, thousands obviously on the still undisclosed Katyn Belarus list.
However, I read with interest this excerpt from the book. I was only aware of the killing of Poles in Wolyn by Ukranians during the German occupation - so this is new to me:
"At this tieme (Sept 1939) many Polish officers and noncommissioned officers (NCO's), police, and civilians were shot in several localities without any semblance of a trial. In 2002 the remains of 18 high-ranking KOP officers were found in a mass grave in Melnyky, near Shatsk, Ukraine. It is true that the Red Army Military Councils in western Ukraine and western Belorussia were empowered to ratify death sentences for 'kontrrevoliutsionny" (c-r - counterrevolutionary) crimes committed by civilans and former Polish Army personnel (doc.15), but no trial record for the Melnyky victims has surfaced thus far. In fact, it is not known how many Poles were killed in eastern Poland in September 1939; one estimate cites 1,000-2,500 civilians and 200-300 military. Most of the civilians were not victims of the Red Army or the NKVD but of roving Belorussian and Ukranian bands that attacked both ethnic Poles and Jews".