70-th Anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII

Special Forces airborne group “Storm”

For the observance of the 70th anniversary of Ukraine’s liberation from Nazi invaders the departmental state archive of the SZRU continues a series of publications following archival affairs. Now you have the opportunity to be made aware of the story on the basis of archival documents on activities in the enemy’s rear of reconnaissance and sabotage group “Storm”formed in the territory of Ukraine and its contribution to the victory over Nazi Germany.

About the Activity of Special Services of Nazi Germany in the Occupied Territory of Ukraine (Based on the Branch State Archive of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine)

On the eve of June 22, 2013, the Branch State Archive of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine singled archival documents related to the activity of intelligence units of the Ukrainian SSR NKVD during the Second World War. In particular, materials were analyzed on the activities of Nazi Germany’s special services  in the occupied territory of Ukraine. They are  information, records, reports and other operating materials compiled on the basis of information received from agents, reconnaissance and sabotage groups that operated behind enemy lines as a result of interrogation of captured  Nazis and persons who collaborated with them, the analysis of  captured documents. Reading them allows one  to see how ambitious and comprehensive was the work of German special  services during the war in the occupied territory and to understand how difficult it was for Soviet security organs to counter that enemy’s activity   at the invisible front.

“Mariner” from Mykolaiv Underground

In a park of Mykolaiv there  is a memorial with the inscription: “In this place 10 March 1942 the KGB intelligence officer Oleksandr  Sydorchuk conducted  one of the most important subversive actions  against the German occupiers”.  For the scale of losses caused to  the enemy in one time,  this operation and its main executor entered the history of the Second World War.

The Prototype of the Hero of the “Tale of a Chekist (Security Officer)”

May 18 marks 100 years since the birth of the outstanding Soviet intelligence officer Mykola Arturovych  Heft, whose name in the postwar period was very famous. He was the prototype of the hero of the film “A Tale of the Chekist”, intelligence officer Mykola  Hustavovych Kraft, which was filmed  based on the eponymous documentary novel by Viktor Mykhaylov, as well as of the film “A Fight”. He was about to get  the title of a Hero of the Soviet Union, but for some reason, probably because of   his national origin and restraint in connection with this of civil rights in the past, the award has not happened. But this does not diminish his heroic deeds at the secret front.

According to “Ivan and Maria” intelligence post reports

Intelligence on Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union date Soviet intelligence officer Chernigovite Petro Gudymovych received on June, 21.

From the foreign intelligence brief:

The brother of army commander Schors

Unlike his second cousin, legendary hero of the Civil War Mykola Shchors, Igor Shchors did not command regiments, divisions or other military units, and he did not earn great fame. In the history, for a long time he had remained the unknown hero of the secret war, and some information about his participation in some operations was announced only a few decades after the Second World War.

17 Moments from the Life of the Veteran of the Intelligence Service Kostyantyn Bohomazov

Kostyantyn Bohomazov was one of the first to learn about the suicide of Hitler, participated in the special group to search for and identify Hitler’s remains, he personally interrogated the Fuehrer ‘s nurse and Doctor, who witnessed the killing of Goebbels’ children in the bunker.

Together with the future Chairman of the KGB, Ivan Serov, Bohomazov participated in interrogations of the Adviser to the Intelligence Agency of the Nazi Party Walter Nicolai, who headed the German Military Intelligence Service during the First World War. For many years, K. Bohomazov had been fulfilling tasks of the Foreign Intelligence Service in Eastern and Central Europe. He was awarded three Orders of the Red Star, two Orders of the Patriotic War 2nd class, Order of Bogdan Khmelnytskyi 3d class, the Polish Orders: the “Golden Cross of Merit” and the “Cross of the Brave”. On the eve of his birthday (November 14, is Kostyantyn Panteleymonovych’s 90th birthday) the retired Colonel shares his memories of those events.

Faced with the Occupation

On the eve of the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Kyiv,  the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine declassified new documents from its archive.

Today, November 6,  marks 65 years since Kyiv was liberated from Nazi invaders. On the eve of the anniversary,  the State Archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine declassified several documents containing intelligence summary of the  NKVD of the Ukrainian SSR in Kyiv region for August 1941. They add to the  picture, which is already partially known from other documentary materials, memoirs, eyewitness accounts regarding  the situation in Kyiv region before its occupation, revealing new episodes in the activities of the security agencies and ordinary citizens trying to make a contribution to the defense of the capital of Ukraine from the enemy. The declassified information will be useful first of  all to  local historians, members of military-patriotic clubs and search teams, as well as to all those interested in local history.

“Zorych” Was the Cover Name of the Intelligence Officer Oleksandr Svyatohorov

Oleksandr Panteleymonovych, despite the fact that he is over ninety, is agile, cheerful, energetic, keeps a clear mind and an excellent (professional!) memory.

He is a retired Colonel, in his time he was one of the most prominent intelligence officers-infiltrators. In winter of 1944 the Nazi Commandant of the city of Zlaté Moravce set the fee for Zorych’s head- 500 000 Slovak crowns …

Now, after a time, he can tell a lot. Even more, perhaps, he cannot tell … During the war Svyatohorov worked under the command of one of the leaders of the Soviet Intelligence Service, General Sudoplatov, the author of the much-talked-of memoirs “Intelligence and the Kremlin”. Throughout the war and in the postwar period, my conversation partner was one of the organizers of NKVD-KGB’s intelligence network. In some Western countries he carried out “most important state tasks.”

The Son of a Commissar

The war continued. Every day, every hour, it was giving birth to heroes. Their names were published in newspapers. Writers dedicated books to them, poets and composers — songs. But not all sons and daughters, worthy of fame, could be publicly honored by Motherland and crowned with well-deserved laurels. Because those people were heroes of an invisible war that was fought between our and Hitler’s Intelligence Services.