Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Pavlivka, Ukraine - Original Linocut

Poryck [Pol], Poritsk [Yid, Rus]

The Polish town of Poryck, is located in the Volhynia region. The town is now called Pavivka and is located in western Ukraine. The town was part of the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania and became part of the Russian Empire after the partition of Poland. After World War I, Poryck again became part of Poland. Poryck was inhabited by almost 2,000 people, half of whom were Jewish and the remaining townspeople were mostly Polish and Ukrainian. The countryside was populated mainly by Ukrainian peasants. The residents had previously lived peacefully together and no ethnic conflicts had taken place there. In June of 1942, the Nazis captured the region. With the help of the Ukrainian police, the Jews of Poryck and the Volhynia region were murdered. Ukrainians now attempted to force Poles out of the region. On July 11, 1943, Ukrainian units of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army murdered Polish inhabitants of the town. Most people were killed during a ceremony in a local Roman Catholic church. The Ukrainians entered the church and threw grenades at the faithful. Then they shot at them with machine guns and finally set fire on the church filled with people.

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