To Modest Ment͡synsʹkyĭ from Prisoners of the Wetzlar Camp


This publication, dedicated to the opera tenor Modest Omeli͡anovych Ment͡synsʹkyĭ (1875–1935), was produced by the prisoners from the Wetzlar camp for whom Ment͡synsʹkyĭ gave a performance in February 1916. It contains essays and poems dedicated to Ment͡synsʹkyĭ as well as the program of his performance and the lyrics of the songs he sang, which included poems by Taras Shevchenko and Ivan Franko. During World War I, more than a million Russian army soldiers were taken prisoner, of whom several hundred thousand were ethnic Ukrainians. The Union for the Liberation of Ukraine, an organization of Ukrainian émigrés from the Russian Empire that promoted Ukrainian independence, worked with the German authorities to have Ukrainian prisoners gathered at special camps in Rastatt, Salzwedel, and Wetzlar. This book was published by the Union for the Liberation of Ukraine in the Wetzlar camp.

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Union for the Liberation of Ukraine, Wetzlar, Germany

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Модестові Менцінському: Полонені Українці Вецлярського табору

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24 pages : illustrations

Last updated: January 29, 2014