Ukrainian Hero Bandera: ‘When People Choose Between Bread and Freedom, They End Up Losing Everything, Including Bread»

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Lviv residents are invited to 113th anniversary of Stepan Bandera’s birth.
photo: armyinform

photo: armyinform

On 1 January 2022, Lviv residents can celebrate the 113th birthday anniversary of Stepan Bandera, who was the leader of The Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists in the period of Second World War, and now is titled the Hero of Ukraine. This was reported in the Department of Communications and Internal Policy of the Lviv Regional State Administration.

The event will take place on Sq. Kropyvnytskoho, near the monument to Stepan Bandera, starting from 2 p.m.

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Stepan Bandera was born 1 January 1909 in Staryi Uhryniv, the Ivano-Frankivsk region. He was a leader of a radical wing of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists, who tried to establish an independent Ukrainian state benefiting from the potential confrontation between the Third Reich and the USSR. Earlier in the 1930s, he started his activity against Poland, to which Western Ukrainian lands belonged before World War II, and he was sentenced in 1934 for orchestrating the assassination of the Interior Minister of Poland Bronislaw Pieracki. 

Released after the invasion of Nazis in Poland, Bandera prepared the Proclamation of Ukrainian statehood and announced it on June 30, 1941, a week after the Third Reich attacked the USSR. 

Despite the proclaimed loyalty to Nazis, this program was not approved by the German occupational authorities, and Stepan Bandera with his colleagues were put under arrest by the Gestapo. After spending two years in concentration camp Sachsenhausen, he was released in 1944 and remained a leader of Ukrainian nationalists from exile before he was killed in Munich in 1959 by a KGB agent.

In the Lviv region, the museum-manor of the Bandera family is located in the village of Volya-Zaderevatska in the Stryi region. 

Translated by Vitalii Holich

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