Volhynia massacre: "We remember Volyn!" A warning inscription for Ukrainians? - wyborcza.pl

19:50 Oct. 13, 2016

"We remember Volyn!" A warning inscription for Ukrainians? - wyborcza.pl

The inscription on the wall (Source: wyborcza.pl)

A worrying lettering appeared in Krakow near Ukrainian students' dormitory

"We remember Volhynia!" - such inscription, accompanied by a Kotwica (a World War II emblem of the Polish Underground State and Armia Krajowa - UT), appeared on the building at Grochowa street in Krakow, adjacent to a hostel and a dormitory inhabited by the Ukrainian youth.

Grochowa Street is one of the places, most frequented by the Ukrainian minority in Krakow. Here the dormitory called "Atoll" is situated, where the majority of inhabitants (approx. 180 people) are students from Ukraine and Belarus, and a hostel, inhabited by middle and high school students also from the East.

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Ukrainians are also working in nearby shops and services, so it is easy to guess that the inscription of the content did not come here by accident.

 A worrying signal

- We are dealing here with a very low state of historical awareness, as evidenced by dropping implied ancestors' guilt on young people, who came here to work and learn. Far-right inscriptions appear frequently in this area, but if you start to hit the foreigners living here, it is a worrying signal - says Mr. Jacub, who informed us of the slogan, written on a building.

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Yet, he remains in minority with such point of view. - Inscriptions appear here over and over again - waves Jolanta Masznica, administrator of the building of the Special Educational Centre for the Deaf, where someone wrote "We remember Volhynia!" - The entire building has just been painted over, we try to fight it within our financial capabilities, but now we have no money, - explains Masznica.

Inappropriate inscription

Kinga Czyż, the director who lives close to the dormitories, explains that the pupils may not have seen the inscription because their premises have an entrance from the other side.

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- It is not an appropriate inscription - she admits. - But this is an adjacent building, which does not belong to us, so I can not make decisions for the owners - she explains. Asked if she had talked about the lettering with the building owner, the director admits that she had not. – Nobody told about the problem with an inscription, if our pupils would complain, I would certainly look into the matter - she adds.

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No one of the dorm residents we met wanted to talk about the inscription. - Volhynia is a history, now we have a war and there are many opinions about it - says Inna, who came to study in Poland from Lviv.

A task for Pogromcy Bazgrołów

(a group of people who volunteer to paint over hate speech inscriptions in public places – UT)

- These young people came to Poland to study, generally, they do not even know what is Volhynia, it's more like a task for Pogromcy Bazgrołów - says Dorota Rojek, a spokeswoman for the Pedagogical University, that manages the dormitory on Grochowa. - I can only express regret that the inscription appeared. Perhaps it is a reaction to the film "Volhynia" just entering the Polish cinema? – she wonders.

This is a translation of an article Wołyń pamiętamy! Napis ostrzeżeniem dla Ukraińców? by Beata Bialik

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