Hey everyone, just looking for some information on what was going on in or near Brody, Ukraine in 1944. I have recently become interested in the genealogy and history of my family and I am trying to piece together what happened right around March 1944 until my grandparents left Germany in 1950. A primer on geography... Brody is a city in the L'viv oblast in NW Ukraine. Koniushkiv (in the story it is spelled Koniuszkiw) is a city a few miles North of Brody. Berlyn is about 2.5 miles West of Koniushkiv. Here is the story. This is a transcribed version of my grandpa's diary written through my dad's hand. 10 March 1944 the Bolsheviks arrived. (my dad was a man of few words). The Bolsheviks quickly learned that my dad was the town secretary (or had been) (of Koniushkiv) and that he knew the town's inhabitants on the tips of his fingers. That same day the Bolsheviks came to him and told him that our house would be the Red Army Headquarters and that they had to vacate within a few days. Another Bolshevik with a lot of badges on his chest came to my dad and told him that they needed him to produce a list of the names of all the men in the village ages 18-45 for conscription purposes. A man in the village who was learning to be a cantor from my dad (he was shadowing my dad) told him that he would be killed by the townspeople if he produced the list and if he didn't the Bolsheviks would kill him (and the family). My dad wondered what he should do. The person simply said to him 'the forest is large'. My dad went home and told Olga to wake up my mom and Myrosia and they started to set out to the German held village about 3 miles away with another couple (Berlyn). That couple decided to return to their house to get boots (my mom said it was to get bandages) and they were never seen again. In 1992, after visiting the Ukraine, Olga wrote to an acquaintance there and asked what happened to that couple. The lady wrote back that upon coming back to their home the Bolsheviks were already there and immediately shipped the man, Stepan, to Siberia and he never returned (this was not an unusual event). About ½ way to the German-held village my mom and dad and sister saw their house go up in flames (myrosia was 3 at that time and did not utter a sound the entire way – my mom told me that when they reached the German-held village they had to pry Myrosia from my mom's arms because her arms had stiffened as she held Myrosia tightly in place hoping she would not make a noise and give away their position). They continued on following the direction of the tracer bullets they could see during the continuing battle between the Nazis and the Bolsheviks until they came upon a creek with a German soldier on the other side. They waved a white piece of cloth and said in German 'Russians not good'. The soldier understood. They found a footbridge (maybe a plank) and crossed over and the soldier let them pass safely. My questions for the interested members of this board. 1) What was going on at that particular area in March 1944? 2) Where were the German/Russian lines? 3) Anyone know specific units operating in the area? 4) Has anyone done any extensive digging/excavations/other history recording in that area? 5) Is there anywhere I can look to see a list of village death tolls in the area from either the Russians or Germans? 6) Where can I find some good articles/books on what happened in Brody in 1944? Any help that I can get on this would be most appreciated. I know I posed a lot of questions but I am really, really curious. Below is map of the Brody area in question written in Polish in 1924. The Koniushkiv/Berlyn area is right up from Brody.