Frantsishak Alyakhnovich

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Frantsishak Alyakhnovich

Frantsishak Alyakhnovich (March 9, 1883 in Vilnius – March 3, 1944 in Vilnius, Belarusian: Францішак Аляхновіч, Russian: Франтишек Олехно́вич, Polish: Franciszek Olechnowicz, Czech: František Olechnovič) was a Belarusian writer, journalist of Polish and Czech origins.

Alyakhnovich was a theatrical writer, director and journalist in West Belarus. He was editor of the newspaper Беларускі звон (Byelaruski zvon) published in Vilnius.

In 1926 he decided to stay in East Belarus after a conference in Minsk. Several months later he was arrested by the NKVD and sent to Solovki prison camp. He spent seven years in the Gulag; in 1933 he was exchanged for Branislaw Tarashkyevich, a West Belarusian politician held in Polish prison.

Alyakhnovich's Gulag experience became a basis for his 1934 book of memoirs У капцюрох ГПУ (U kaptsyurokh HPU, In the claws of the GPU), that was later translated into several languages.

During the Second World War, Alyakhnovich collaborated with Nazi Germany and was editor of the newspaper Беларускі глас (Byelaruski hlas, Belarusian voice) published in Vilnius. Apart from that, he was also one of the leaders of the Belarusian Independence Party - a Belorussian organization led by padre Vincent Hadleŭski which initially collaborated with the Germans.

In 1944, Frantsishak Alyakhnovich was assassinated.

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