EX Waffen-SS man Hero of the Soviet Union

The chaos of war in Ukraine:

How many former Waffen SS men acheived the highest Soviet military distinction?

One did for sure. Hryhoriy Hevryk was born in Drohobych, Western Ukraine and enlisted in the 14 Galician Division in the spring of 1943.

He completed his training and in late June 1944 was sent to the eastern front then situated in western Ukraine, when the 14 Galician Div was deployed as part of XIII A.K in the Brody sector. Here in mid July, the Soviets launched a huge summer offensive and XIII AK including the 14 Galician Div was surrounded. The situation inside the pocket was chaotic. An organised breakout attempt was made but ultimately it became every man for himself. Hryhoriy Hevryk survived the battle and like several other Ukrainians from the Division, left its ranks and was hidden by some Ukrainian civilians. He initially escaped detection and managed to make his way back to his home town, but eventually enlisted as a civilian into the advancing Red Army. He was killed in action in the offensive on Berlin on 29 March 1945, near the Polish railway station Prukhna. On June 29 1945 he was posthumously awarded the highest Soviet military distinction (the only Galician to be awarded it) the Hero of the USSR.

For those of you who read Ukrainian further details can be found in the veterans publication Visti Kombatanta (Combatants News), in an article entitled “Tragedy of a Hero”, Za Vilnu Ukrainu, L’viv, 1952 No 6-7, p8.

Also, we had family friends in the US with the last-name Hevryk. I wonder if there’s any relation.

3 thoughts on “EX Waffen-SS man Hero of the Soviet Union

  1. Ed K

    It is good that you are studying some history. What was
    that phrase, those who do not read histroy are comdemned
    to repeat it?

    It is also important to read the history of achievements. Those
    that achieved give motivation to try by demonstrating how
    it was done.

    Looking back at your achievements, which there are many,
    does not accomplish what needs to be done for tomorrow.

    What is that which separates those who will achieve anew today?

  2. Ed K

    Polish archaeologists unearth ‘vampire grave’


    Archaeologists in Gliwice, southern Poland have discovered a burial ground where
    the dead were laid to rest in accordance with practices for alleged vampires.

    Archaeologists in Poland believe they have found a vampire grave on a
    construction site in the south of the country.

    Skeletons were found with their heads removed and placed on their legs
    indicating they had been subjected to an execution ritual designed to
    ensure the dead stayed dead.

    Anybody accused of being a vampire
    in the distant past faced a grim fate.

    The remains were found on the construction site of a ring road near the town
    of Gliwice, and came as a surprise to archaeologists more accustomed to finding
    the human detritus of the bloody fighting of the Second World War.

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