The article aims to attempt to cover the establishment and activities of the
Inter-Party Secretariat for the Fight for Amnesty of Political Prisoners in the
1926–1928 interwar Volyn and Eastern Galicia. In the research, we based our
methodology on the general and special historical scientific methods including
problem-chronological, synchronous, diachronic, comparative-historical, etc.
In the article, we revealed the causes and prerequisites of the establishment
and activities of the Inter-Party Secretariat for the Fight for Amnesty of Political
Prisoners in 1926–1928 Volyn and Eastern Galicia. Also, we clarified the Secretariat
organizational structure, as well as its transformation during the shortterm
functioning. Moreover, we showed the activities of the Inter-Party Secretariat
for the Fight for Amnesty of Political Prisoners in interwar Poland and their
regional features. Also, we described the repressive actions of the authorities to
counteract the Secretariat activities.
To conclude, in the short term, the Inter-Party Secretariat for the Fight for the
Amnesty of Political Prisoners organized a broad campaign in Poland aimed at
releasing political prisoners in the Second Polish Republic. This drew considerable
attention to this issue both inside and outside the Polish state and undoubtedly
influenced the adoption of the 1928 amnesty law by the parliament. The basics
and factual material can be used for further research on the modern history
of Ukraine and Poland, Polish-Ukrainian relations in the XX century and may
also interest historians of law.
The originality of the research comes from the coverage of poorly researched
topics, as well as from the introduction of previously unknown archival materials
from the archives of Ukraine and the Republic of Poland, in particular, the
Polish Central Archives of Modern Records in Warsaw.
Keywords: Poland, Volyn, Eastern Galicia, political prisoner, prison, amnesty.