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Massacre at Koniuchy

Marek Chodakiewicz|Sunday, August 2, 2009

On February 12, 2001, the Canadian Polish Congress wrote to Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance (Instytut Pamieci Narodowej—IPN) to initiate an investigation into a mass murder perpetrated in the village of Koniuchy (now Kaniukai, Lithuania) during World War II. According to the count of the perpetrators themselves, some 300 defenceless Poles—mostly women and children—were massacred.


The village of Koniuchy and its civilian population were obliterated on January 29, 1944. Their only crime was that they were Poles who attempted to protect their lives and property from incessant and violent raids by marauding Soviet partisans. This war crime has been amply documented in accounts of the actual perpetrators—members of the “Death to the Fascists” and “To Victory” detachments of the so-called Lithuanian Partisans. Not only did they describe the massacre in lurid detail, but they also vilified the victims and glorified their vile deeds.

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THE MASSACRE AT KONIUCHY
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