Skip to comments.AP Exclusive: Memos Show US Hushed up Soviet Crime
Posted on 09/10/2012 10:25:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
The American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: In 1943 they saw rows of corpses in an advanced state of decay in the Katyn forest, on the western edge of Russia, proof that the killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area.
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Shame on FDR!
Which is why Patton was ‘let go’, imho.
In periods of all-out war, atrocities happen.
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And we rewarded those who committed the atrocities.
They were our allies. We needed them to do the bulk of the fighting.
Look at the Battle of Kursk. Can you imagine how many GIs would have been killed if we had to defeat German armies like that?
What choice did the Russians have? We could have stood up to them, what were they going to do, stop fighting the Nazis?
The knowledge of Katyn should have given us significant bargaining leverage at Yalta and Potsdam with the Russkies.
Why should be suprised that Truman, the president who let China go communist would suppress such information?
This wasn't a Lieutenant razing a village. This was the systematic mass murder, by the Soviet NKVD, of Polish officers, lawyers, doctors -- essentially the educated class of Poland who did not show signs of being convertible into supporting Communism.
Blokhin initially decided on an ambitious quota of 300 executions per night, and engineered an efficient system in which the prisoners were individually led to a small antechamberwhich had been painted red and was known as the "Leninist room"for a brief and cursory positive identification, before being handcuffed and led into the execution room next door. The room was specially designed with padded walls for soundproofing, a sloping concrete floor with a drain and hose, and a log wall for the prisoners to stand against.
Blokhin would stand waiting behind the door in his executioner garb: a leather butcher's apron, leather hat, and shoulder-length leather gloves. Then, without a hearing, the reading of a sentence or any other formalities, each officer was brought in and restrained by guards while Blokhin shot them once in the base of the skull with a German Walther Model 2 .25 ACP pistol. He had brought a briefcase full of his own Walther pistols, since he did not trust the reliability of the standard-issue Soviet TT-30 for the frequent, heavy use he intended. The use of a German pocket pistol, which was commonly carried by Nazi intelligence agents, also provided plausible deniability of the executions if the bodies were discovered later.
An estimated 30 local NKVD agents, guards and drivers were pressed into service to escort prisoners to the basement, confirm identification, then remove the bodies and hose down the blood after each execution. Although some of the executions were carried out by Senior Lieutenant of State Security Andrei M. Rubanov, Blokhin was the primary executioner and, true to his reputation, liked to work continuously and rapidly without interruption. In keeping with NKVD policy and the overall "black" nature of the operation, the executions were conducted at night, starting at dark and continuing until just prior to dawn. The bodies were continuously loaded onto covered flat-bed trucks through a back door in the execution chamber and trucked, twice a night, to Mednoye, where Blokhin had arranged for a bulldozer and two NKVD drivers to dispose of bodies at an unfenced site. Each night, 24 to 25 trenches, measuring eight to ten meters total, were dug to hold the night's corpses, and each trench was covered up before dawn. Blokhin and his team worked without pause for ten hours each night, with Blokhin executing an average of one prisoner every three minutes. At the end of the night, Blokhin provided vodka to all his men.
Katyn (Not for the squeamish)
I hate to say this but this lends more credence to the theory that the Soviet statistics on the number of Jews killed during the holocaust is overblown. The Soviets provided a vast majority of the numbers that were used. This news doesn’t help.
Hope ya’ll are taking notes on how Marxists “assimilate” those who don’t seem to be getting with the program...
What FDR was worried about was, if the full scope of Soviet atrocities were made known, the American public might decide that maybe we should support the Germans AGAINST the Russians.
How so? Three million Jews in Poland before the war, where did they all go?
“This wasn’t a Lieutenant razing a village. This was the systematic mass murder, by the Soviet NKVD, of Polish officers, lawyers, doctors — essentially the educated class of Poland who did not show signs of being convertible into supporting Communism.”
Yeah, like the North Vietnamese did. But let’s ignore that, and beat ourselves up about Calley.
The Nazis took care of the enlisted men, the Russkies took care of the officers.
I would not be surprised to learn that some number of the deaths attributed to the Nazis, were actually killed by the Soviets.