Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
This paper addresses the connections between the Holocaust and the massacre of ethnic Poles in Volhynia and Galicia during World War Two. It argues that the latter is a genocide and that both acts share similar methods, motivations, and perpetrators. The limited English language
scholarship on the massacre of ethnic Poles typically addresses it in the context of Polish or Ukrainian national history rather than that of comparative genocide. I consulted an interview with a Holocaust survivor and a collection of primary sources translated by Dr. Tadeusz Piotrowski.
The connections between these acts of mass killing weaken the claim that the Holocaust was an exceptional act, call for further study of smaller acts of mass killing, and emphasize the moral ambiguity of the sovereignty of nation-states.