Stepan Bandera‘s gravesite was blown up with a bomb today in Munich, Germany. Although he was born in Galicia, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine), he died in Munich in 1959 when the Soviet KGB assassinated him. He had somehow been surreptitoiusly poisoned with cyanide. Most of his immediate family was either murdered, executed or imprisoned in a gulag. His brothers Alexander and Vasyl were sent to Auschwitz by the Nazis, where they were both murdered by Polish inmates. The fate of his other brother is unknown, but he may have been killed by the Soviet NKVD. His father was arrested by Soviet authorities and quickly executed. His sisters Marta-Marta, Volodymyra and Oksana were all arrested by the NKVD and sent to Gulags for 10-20 years. Bandera had already lost his mother Myroslava to tuberculosis when he was 13. While he lived in Germany from 1946-1956, his entire family had either been killed (most by murder or execution) or was imprisoned in a labor camp. At age 37, he was the last of his family alive and free. After World War 2, his Ukrainian nationalist organization OUN-B continued underground guerrilla activities in Ukraine. The group was organized out of Germany under the auspices of the CIA and the UK’s MI6.
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