Stanisławów Voivodeship

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Stanisławów Voivodeship (Polish: Województwo stanisławowskie) was an administrative district of the interwar Poland (1920–1939). It was established in December 1920 with an administrative center in Stanisławów. The voivodeship had an area of 16,900 km² and comprised twelve counties (powiaty). Following World War II, at the insistence of Joseph Stalin during Tehran Conference of 1943, Poland's borders were redrawn, Polish population forcibly resettled and Stanisławów Voivodeship was incorporated into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic as Stanislav Oblast (later renamed as Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast).

Stanisławów Voivodeship
Województwo stanisławowskie
Voivodeship of Poland
Coat of arms of Stanisławów
Coat of arms
Stanislawow Voivodship 1938.png
Location of Stanisławów Voivodeship (red)
within the Second Republic of Poland (1938).
• 1921
18,368 km2 (7,092 sq mi)
• 1939
16,894 km2 (6,523 sq mi)
• 1921
• 1931
 • TypeVoivodeship
• 1921–1925 (first)
Edmund Jurystowski
• Jan–Sep 1939 (last)
Stanisław Jarecki
• Established
23 December 1920
17 September 1939
• replaced with Stanislav Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
27 November 1939
Political subdivisions15 powiats
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria
Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast

September 1939 and its aftermathEdit

Following German aggression on Poland, and in accordance with the secret protocol of Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, Soviet forces invaded eastern Poland on September 17, 1939. As bulk of the Polish Army was concentrated in the west, fighting Germans, the Soviets met with little resistance and their troops quickly moved westwards. Polish authorities originally intended to organize anti-German resistance in Stanisławów Voivodeship (see: Romanian Bridgehead), with Polish Army units planned to stand ground until the spring of 1940 when French attack on Germany was expected. However, the Soviet invasion of Poland rendered these plans ineffectual. It is estimated that prior to Soviet counter-offensive in the later part of World War II, over 18,000 Polish civilians in Stanisławów Voivodeship fell victims to OUN-UPA massacres.[1][2]


The Voivodeship's capital was Stanisławów (now Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine). In 1921 was inhabited by 1,339,191 people, and its population density was 72.9 persons per km². Ukrainians and Ruthenians constituted 68% of the population, especially in the countryside. Poles, distributed across the entire Voivodeship, made around 23%, Polish Jews (mainly in towns), around 7%. Also, there were smaller communities of Galician Germans. In 1931 the population grew to 1,480,300 (mainly among Polish settlers) and the density to 88 persons per km2.


The Stanisławów Voivodeship's area was 16,894 square kilometers. It was located in south-eastern corner of the country, bordering Tarnopol Voivodeship to the northeast, Lwów Voivodeship to the west, Czechoslovakia (Between 1919–1938), Hungary (Between 1938–1939) and Romania to the south. It was in large part covered by forests of the Carpathian Mountains, with numerous mountain spas (Worochta, Skole, Dolina, Zabie, Slawsko, Woronienka, Jaremcza, Kuty). Landscape was hilly (in the north) and mountainous (in the south), with Hoverla in the Chornohora range as the highest peak (2060 meters above sea level). The other significant mountain range was the Gorgany.

The main river was the Dniestr, which also marked border with the Tarnopol Voivodeship. Other rivers were: the Prut, the Stryj and the Czeremosz (the last one was at the same time bordering Poland from Romania).

Administrative divisionsEdit

Before the onset of World War II the Stanisławów Voivodeship consisted of 15 powiats (counties) (earlier 12), 29 towns, 904 villages and numerous smaller communities (futory, kolonie). Those were the same 12 powiats that were part of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria with the addition of Turka powiat later on. Its capital Stanisławów was the largest city, with population of some 60,000 (as of 1931). Other important municipal centers of the voivodeship were: Kołomyja (pop. 33,800), Stryj (pop. 30,500), Horodenka (pop. 12,200), Kalusz (pop. 12,100), Sniatyn (pop. 10,800) and Bolechow (pop. 10,700).

Map of Stanisławów Voivodeship with Counties

The Stanisławów Voivodeship consisted of 12 powiats (counties):

  1. Dolina Powiat (2,397 km²)
  2. Horodenka Powiat (849 km²)
  3. Kałusz Powiat (1,137 km²)
  4. Kołomyja Powiat (1,339 km²), joined with Peczeniżyn Powiat
  5. Kosów Powiat (1,839 km²)
  6. Nadwórna Powiat (2,472 km²)
  7. Rohatyn Powiat (1,147 km²)
  8. Stanisławów Powiat (1,249 km²), joined with Bohorodczan Powiat
  9. Stryj Powiat (2,081 km²), joined with Skolski Powiat
  10. Śniatyń Powiat (567 km²)
  11. Tłumacz Powiat (934 km²)
  12. Żydaczów Powiat (883 km²)

Railroads and industryEdit

The Stanisławów Voivodeship was located in the so-called Poland "B" region, which meant that it was underdeveloped, with low level of industry and considerable numbers of inhabitants living in poverty. Agricultural production was low due to poor quality of soil. Since mid-1930s, the area was quickly gaining popularity as a tourist destination, with numbers of visitors to mountain springs rising steadily year by year. Railroad network was well-developed in the north, with such important junctions as Stanisławów, Kołomyja and Stryj. In the south, however, rail connections were lacking.

On January 1, 1938, total length of railroads within Voivodeship's boundaries was 755 kilometers (4.5 km. per 100 km²).


Administrative divisions, 1938
Building of the Voivodeship administration (today Medical University)

The local government of voivodeship and city was located at address Ulica Karpinskiego, 7 (today - vulytsia Halytska, 2).

  • Edmund Jurystowski: 21 October 1921 – 18 August 1925
  • Aleksander Des Loges: 18 August 1925 – 25 October 1926
  • Władysław Korsak: 18 December 1926 – 12 September 1927
  • Aleksander Morawski: 28 October 1927 – 30 October 1928
  • Bronisław Nakoniecznikow-Klukowski: 30 October 1928 – 29 August 1930
  • Zygmunt Jagodziński: 3 September 1930 – 1 February 1936 (acting till 2 February 1931)
  • Mieczysław Starzyński: 11 February 1936 – 22 June 1936 (acting )
  • Jan Sawicki: 23 June 1936 – July 1936
  • Stefan Pasławski: 14 July 1936 – 20 January 1939
  • Stanisław Jarecki: 20 January 1939 – 2 September 1939

Following Soviet invasion of Poland in 17 September 1939, the voivodeship existed until 27 November 1939. In 6 October 1939 – 27 November 1939 the voivodeship was governed by Soviet provisional chairman of Civilian Administration Mikhail Grulenko who later continued to hold his post as the 1st secretary of the CPU in the region.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Władysław Siemaszko, Ewa Siemaszko, Ludobójstwo dokonane przez nacjonalistów ukraińskich na ludności polskiej Wołynia 1939–1945, vol. 1–2, Warsaw, 2000; pp. 1056–1057.
  2. ^ Szczepan Siekierka, H. Komański, E. Różański, Ludobójstwo dokonane przez nacjonalistów ukraińskich na Polakach w województwie stanisławowskim w latach 1939–1946, Wrocław, 2007, op. cit., s. 36, 118, 169, 258, 292, 354, 419, 508, 591, 650, 716, 769.
  • Maly rocznik statystyczny 1939, Nakladem Glownego Urzedu Statystycznego, Warszawa 1939 (Concise Statistical Year-Book of Poland, Warsaw 1939).

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