Munich: Vyd-vo im. Khvyl’ovoho, 1947. Illustrated wrappers. Item #820
21 cm. 34 pages, 2 unnumbered pages. Text in Ukrainian. Approved by UNRRA Team 631. A good copy with a slight worn wrappers, little tear on top of the front wrapper and several pages with bent corners.
This memorial novel delves into the intricate organization of the underground resistance movement in Kyiv during the period of German occupation. The narrative pays homage to Petrenko-Kuzmyk, an inspirational figure who demonstrated exceptional courage and resourcefulness by infiltrating Kyiv while evading German border guards. Once in the city, Petrenko-Kuzmyk played a pivotal role in galvanizing Kyivans to actively engage in anti-German resistance efforts, making him a revered leader in the struggle for liberation.
Fyodor Yuriyovych Pestushko (1908-1987), known by the pseudonym Yurko Stepovy, was a prominent public figure, novelist, and memoirist. He also gained recognition for his documentary works centered around the Ukrainian insurgent movement. Notably, he was the brother of Kostya Pestushka, who held the position of chieftain in the Stepovoy-Blakytny group. Pestushko's contributions in literature and documentation played a significant role in preserving the history and narratives of the Ukrainian insurgent movement.