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Ukrainian Activists Collect Oral Histories Of Communism Victims

LVIV -- A group in the Ukrainian city of Lviv has started gathering oral histories of the victims of the Communist regime, to be collected at a special library, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

So far, the testimonies of more than 80 former political prisoners have been gathered.

The archive will provide information about the ordeals faced by the citizens of Western Ukraine between 1939, when Soviet troops entered the territory, and 1991, when the Soviet Union was dissolved.

The majority of the individuals being interviewed are former inmates of a notorious jail on Lontski Street in Lviv, where thousands of Ukrainians and Poles were killed by the Soviets or the Nazis in the 1940s.

The 150 hours of testimony are accompanied by more than 200 photographs and video clips. The program is being financially supported by the city authorities.