Investigation into murders of the people of Polish nationality by Ukrainian nationalists on June 16, 1944 in Bełżec

On June 16, 1944, around 8 am, a train heading for Lwów was stopped in a forest in the area of Bełżec. A group of a hundred armed Ukrainian nationalists surrounded the train and ordered the passengers to leave it. Polish citizens were selected from the group of passengers and shot down on the spot. Not fewer than 33 people were killed, including Jadwiga Henzelko, Helena Henzelko, Tekla Cioch, Tatiana Baran, Feliks Jonko, Helena Mazurkiewicz, Wanda Czarnopyś, Władysław Łoński, Helena Machlarz, Władysław Malec, Katarzyna Malec, Kazimierz Fiks, Stefania Piróg, Joanna Chmielowiec, Bronisław Wodiczko, Ludwik Hopko, Paweł Cimerman, Antoni Żurawiecki, Marian Grocholski, Anna Willman, Franciszek Latawiec, Feliks Szmiechwa, Adam Złociński, Anna Kostyk, Katarzyna Piazza, Józef Szmiga, Maria Szmig, Ludwik Bartłomowicz, Leszek Sobalski, Kazimierz Forlański, Władysław Staszko, Joanna Kogut and Franciszek Kogut.

People who are in a possession of information concerning this crime, and who were not yet interrogated as witnesses, are kindly requested to contact the Branch Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation in Lublin (address: 20-017 Lublin, Wieniawska street 15; phone: +48 81 532 16 43).

August 22, 2002