Volhynia, was every bit as bad a Katyn for Poles, if not even worse.
Thanks for the input. I had never heard of it.
From a quick search on the subject, it is clear that both the Russians and the Germans were mass murderers in that area. Along with local partisans who thought one or the other side was going to help them escape.
The number attributed to those acting with the NKVD is hard to believe. 100,000?
History books do not sweep those things between the pages. People who experience such terror convey it for generations. That is if some of them survive.
I have some feel for what you described. My mother’s grandparents were Swede’s who immigrated through Finland to the US. Her grandfather was forced to serve in the White Russian Army before he could leave.
They settled in MN. They were Lutherans. They were also fierce Republican supporters. Rather unusual for MN.
From what little I read about the Volhynia area, it was clear that there were many families of German ancestry. Including Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Baptist and other faiths. There was/is a big divide between Russian Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox and Catholics. And of course with any of the “so called” Protestant faiths.