Krakivs’ki visti

Krakivs’ki visti («Краківські вісті»; Cracow News). A daily newspaper published from 1940 to 1944 in Cracow (semiweekly from 7 January to 1 May 1940 and then triweekly to 30 October 1940), and from 10 October 1944 to 4 April 1945 in Vienna. The unofficial organ of the Ukrainian Central Committee, it was published by the Ukrainske Vydavnytstvo (Cracow) publishing house. Its chief editors were Borys Levytsky (briefly) and Mykhailo Khomiak (assisted by Lev Lepky), and its staff included journalists such as Ivan Kedryn, I. Durbak, M. Kozak, and Petro Sahaidachny. Altogether 1,400 issues came out, and the circulation ranged from 7,200 to 22,500. The paper was published for the Ukrainian population in the Nazi-ruled Generalgouvernement, but it was read also by Ukrainians in Germany and Czechoslovakia. Krakivs’ki visti was the most influential Ukrainian daily published during the Second World War and, in spite of severe German censorship, it was an important source of information about developments at the time on all Ukrainian territories. Concurrently, a popular weekly aimed at Ukrainian farmers was published under the same title as the daily from 1 November 1940 to the end of 1944 (200 issues in all). Its circulation ranged from 6,000 to 27,000. Its chief editor was Yuliian Tarnovych. A somewhat revised version of the weekly, titled Kholms'ka zemlia, was published for the Kholm region.

Sofiia Yaniv

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1988).]

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