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Professor Emeritus, McMaster University

Date and Place of Birth: 1930 in Pawlokoma, Poland

Date of Interview: July 15, 2016

Place of Interview: Ancaster, Ontario

Interviewer: Kassandra Luciuk

Length of Interview: 02:17:46 (raw)


…after 3 months I was finally accepted into the regular UPA unit. The company that I joined was the company of “Hromenko.” His real name was Mychajlo Duda.  He was eventually a captain, by rank he was captain, it was the same, and with him I stayed until 1947 and with him I came to Germany, because our unit in 1947 was ordered to go to West Germany on a propaganda raid to show the people in the West that Ukraine is still fighting. We did make quite a bit of a big story, a big fuss in Germany in various newspapers and so on. I read about it even in The Globe and Mail after I came to Canada. There was a small item that we came to Germany. That was a unit, which was composed of about 160 people, although it changed: 160, 120, and so on. But by the time we reached Germany only 36 of us came. Most, almost a half of our unit was either killed or captured. Killed in Poland when we were going to Czechoslovakia, and captured, a couple were killed as well, in Czechoslovakia, but mostly captured.  So only 36 of us finally arrived in Germany.


  1. Press Release, University of Alberta, “Dr. Peter Potichnyj Addresses Controversies Related to the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in Forty-First Annual Shevchenko Lecture“, 25 April 2007

  1. Blog Post, St.Josephat’s Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood, “Dr. Petro Potichnyj – Featured Ukrainian Canadian,” 3 October 2015.

excerpt from the Interview with PROF. PETER POTICHNYJ

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