WEST GERMANY: The Partisan

For most of his life Stefan Bandera was an angry, fanatic outcast, dedicated to a lost cause. His cause was Ukrainian independence, and so hard did Bandera struggle for it that Soviet propaganda refers to all members of the Ukrainian underground as "Banderovtsy." The son of a Ukrainian Catholic priest, Stefan joined the Ukrainian underground in high school, and knew no other occupation. In 1934, when Bandera was sentenced to death for the assassination of Polish Interior Minister Bronislav Pieracki (for Ukrainians regarded both Poles and Russians as usurpers), the sentence was...

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