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Wiktor Poliszczuk (10 October 1925 in Dubno near Rivne — 17 November 2008 in Toronto[1]) was a Polish-Ukrainian-Canadian politologist (a Canadian citizen of Polish-Ukrainian descent), who writes about the Polish-Ukrainian relations during World War II and the issues related to Ukrainian nationalism. His writings are considered outside of the scholarly mainstream.[2][3]

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Biography

Poliszczuk was born in Dubno, into a family of Ukrainian father and Polish mother. Poliszczuk was raised as an Eastern Orthodox Christian. He identifies himself as Ukrainian. When he was a child he, his mother and two sisters were deported to Kazakh SSR by the Soviet authorities (in April, 1940). His father (a Ukrainian who had been state official in Poland) was executed by the Soviets. After World War II his family resettled in Dniepropetrovsk and later in 1946 he moved to Poland as a Polish national to re-unite with the family of his aunt. In Poland he graduated from the Pedagogical Liceum and worked as a teacher. Later he studied law at the Wrocław University. Upon graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Communist Poland, and studied political science at the University of Silesia in Katowice, where he obtained a PhD (his doctoral thesis was about the ideology of Ukrainian nationalism).[4]

In 1981 during the time of martial law in Poland he immigrated to Canada, Toronto where he is currently living and carrying out his research devoted mainly to anatomy of bolshevism, theory and practice of national rights in the former Soviet Union and theory and practice of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists - Ukrainian Insurgent Army activities.[4] His on-line biography does not list any current affiliation with a university.[4]

Work

Majority of his work has been devoted to the issues of Polish-Ukrainian relations during World War II and Ukrainian nationalism.

Polish historian Rafał Wnuk of the Institute of National Remembrance in Lublin has categorized Poliszcuk's work as belonging to the "parascientific tradition" with "no scientific value," representing "national and anti-Ukrainian views" and noted Poliszczuk's use of exaggerated numbers of Polish victims of UPA.[2] Ukrainian academic Yaroslav Isayevich, director of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, has characterized Poliszczuk as an "expert practitioner of anti-Ukrainian hysteria".[3]

His two English-language books are self-published [5][6].

In his works, Poliszczuk clearly separates the issue of UPA and the Ukrainian nation, stating that OUN was based on terror. He explores the sources of the OUN nationalism as based on the theories of Dmytro Dontsov. Wiktor Poliszczuk is a determinate advocate of the Vistula action, the forced deportation of 140,000 Ukrainian civilians from eastern Poland.[2] He has also opposed the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, referring to it as the work of Western propaganda.[7]

16 April 2009, Wiktor Poliszczuk receive posthumously „Polonia Mater Nostra Est” award.[8].

Publications

  • (English) "Legal and political assessment of the OUN and UPA, Toronto, 1997, 173 pages, ISBN 0-9699444-4-6 [2]
  • (English) "Bitter truth": The criminality of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the testimony of a Ukrainian, 403 pages, ISBN 0-9699444-9-7 [3]
  • (Polish) "Dowody zbrodni OUN i UPA" (Proofs of OUN and UPA's crimes)
  • (Polish) "Gorzka prawda" (Bitter truth)
  • (Polish) "Ideologia nacjonalizmu ukraińskiego" (Ideology of Ukrainian nationalism)
  • (Polish) "Apokalipsa według Wiktora Ukrainca" (Apocalipse according to a greater Ukrainian)
  • (Polish) "Fałszowanie historii najnowszej Ukrainy" (Falsifying of the modern history of Ukraine)
  • (Polish) "Ocena polityczna i prawna OUN i UPA" (Political and legal judgement of OUN and UPA)
  • (Polish) "Akcja Wisła - próba oceny" (Action Vistula - an attempt to evaluate)
  • (Polish) "Zginęli z rąk ukraińskich" (They died from Ukrainian hands)
  • (Polish) "Pojęcie integralnego nacjonalizmu ukraińskiego" (Notion of the integral Ukrainian nationalism)
  • (Polish) "Ukraińskie ofiary OUN-UPA" (Ukrainian victims of OUN-UPA)parts available online in English
  • (Polish) "Integralny nacjonalizm ukraiński jako odmiana faszyzmu" (Integral Ukrainian nationalism as a variety of fascism)

References

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  1. ^ Zmarł prof. Wiktor Poliszczuk Eulogy in Polish
  2. ^ a b c Recent Polish Historiography on Polish-Ukrainian Relations During World War II and its Aftermath (also here). pages 4-5 and 11-12. Written by Rafal Wnuk, Institute for National Remembrance, Lublin.
  3. ^ a b [1] Jaroslav Isayevich, member of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, director of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, interviewed in the newspaper Den, No. 47, March 15, 2003
  4. ^ a b c Wiktor Poliszczuk bio Poliszuk's biography, in Polish
  5. ^ http://worldcat.org/search?q=0969944446&qt=owc_search
  6. ^ http://worldcat.org/search?q=0969944497&qt=owc_search
  7. ^ Wiktor Poliszczuk, Pomarańczowa rewolucja
  8. ^ Template:Cytuj pismo

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