Monument to World War II Orthodox victims in Białystok

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Location
53°08'48"N
023°07'17"E
Country
 Poland
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Monument to World War II Orthodox victims in Białystok is a privately funded memorial commemorating the memory of 5,000 Orthodox Christians from the Białystok region who perished in World War II as well as, during the postwar repressions in Stalinist Poland.

History

The monument was unveiled in 2012 adjacent to the Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Białystok, which is the largest Orthodox church in Poland. The monument is placed in the wall surrounding the church, and features a memorial plaque written in two languages, reading: "To Orthodox victims of World War II, martyrs for faith and nationality in the years 1939–1956. The saints of Podlachia." ("Prawosławnym ofiarom II wojny światowej, męczennikom za wiarę i narodowość w latach 1939-1956. Świętym Ziemi Podlaskiej"). There is a boulder build into the monument, listing names of villages pacified in 1946 during the anticommunist insurrection – no other locations of wartime atrocities or categories of victims are mentioned. The memorial was built with private donations from the parishioners, at the cost of 70,000 Polish złoty. The centrepiece boulder lists mainly villages pacified by cursed soldiers from PAS NZW; inhabited by Christians and non-Christians of ethnic Belarusian background including: Końcowizna, Popówka, Potoka, Sypnie, Szpaki, Wólka Wygonowska, Zaleszany, and Zanie and village of Rajsk destroyed by Nazi occupants (SS and Ordnungspolizei).
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