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  • This Holocaust monument in Belarus is haunting — and subversive

    08/19/2017 8:44:32 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 33 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | August 14, 2017 | Cnaan Liphshiz
    KHATYN, Belarus (JTA) — Even by Soviet standards, the massive memorial complex near Minsk to the victims of Nazi atrocities stands out for its immense scale and ambition. Spread across half a million square feet — roughly the size of 10 football fields — the haunting Khatyn Memorial is essentially a graveyard not for people, but for entire villages wiped out by the Nazis in Belarus. Byelorussia, as it was then known, was one of the few places in Europe where German brutality toward non-Jews matched their anti-Semitic savagery. The memorial features soil from each of the 186 villages razed...
  • George Earle Paid a Price for Being the Messenger

    04/18/2017 3:05:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    MainLine Today ^ | Mark E. Dixon
    The Lower Merion resident gave President Roosevelt some unpleasant news on the Soviet massacre.Gov. George H. Earle (wearing the spotlight cap) with striking coal miners in 1937 Most people who work for the president of the United States know not to bring him news he doesn’t want to hear. But some just can’t help themselves—and so they suffer the consequences. Take George H. Earle III of Lower Merion, who, in 1944, passed on to Franklin Roosevelt some unpleasant facts about the Soviet Union’s massacre of an estimated 22,000 Polish army officers in 1940. The Soviets had blamed the atrocity...
  • Secrets of Katyn Forest: What's Really Buried There?

    01/18/2014 11:54:07 AM PST · by WXRGina · 36 replies
    Diana West ^ | January 17, 2014 | Diana West
    The power of history to speak to us depends on our ability to hear it. When we are deaf to its secrets, or too confused or conditioned to decipher them, we miss the opportunity to be empowered by them. We thus fail to overcome the propaganda our own government, like the dictatorships we revile, has all too often deceived us with. I am struck by this aura of static around a sensational new discovery. Researcher and author Krystyna Piorkowska, the Associated Press reported this week, has unearthed a “lost” U.S. document, dating back to 1945, known as the Van Vliet...
  • FDR 'Covered Up Soviet Atrocity to Appease Stalin'

    06/27/2013 9:25:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10 Sep 2012
    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. The testimony about the infamous massacre of Polish officers might have lessened the tragic fate that befell Poland under the Soviets, some scholars believe. Instead, it mysteriously vanished into the heart of American power. The long-held suspicion is that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn't want to...
  • AP Exclusive: Memos Show US Hushed up Soviet Crime

    09/10/2012 10:25:03 AM PDT · by dfwgator · 143 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 10, 2012 | RANDY HERSCHAFT and VANESSA GERA
    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.
  • The major crime of WWII that was never brought to trial

    05/17/2012 1:56:58 AM PDT · by se99tp · 56 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 17th, 2012 | Herbert Romerstein
    The American communists joined in the Soviet propaganda campaign. Corliss Lamont, a millionaire communist propagandist, wrote “Soviet Russia’s severance of relations with the Polish Government-in-Exile, over the Nazi-inspired charge that the Russians murdered 10,000 Polish army officers, shows clearly the danger to the United Nations of the splitting tactics engineered by Hitler and definitely helped along by the general campaign of anti-Soviet propaganda carried on during recent months in Britain and America. According to the London Bureau of the New York Herald Tribune, ‘It is a safe assumption that the Poles would not have taken so tough an attitude toward...
  • WorldEuropean Court 'Could Not' Rule on Russia's Katyn Investigation

    04/25/2012 9:56:25 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 2 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 16/04/2012 | Ria Novosti
    The European Court of Human Rights said on Monday it could not consider complaints over Russia's investigation into the 1940 Katyn massacre. In a majority ruling, the judges said the killing took place before Russia ratified the European Convention on Human Rights, which allows citizens to appeal to the Strasbourg Court. The case was brought by 15 Polish nationals who are relatives of 12 victims of the massacre, in which more than 20,000 members of the Polish elite were killed by Soviet secret police.
  • Court Rules Against Russia in Katyn Massacre Case

    04/20/2012 12:56:56 PM PDT · by robowombat · 27 replies
    New American ^ | WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL 2012 16:38 | JAMES HEISER
    Court Rules Against Russia in Katyn Massacre Case WRITTEN BY JAMES HEISER WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL 2012 16:38 Over 70 years after Soviet forces secretly murdered approximately 22,000 Polish intellectuals and military officers in the Katyn Forest, the European Court of Human Rights has declared that atrocity to have been a “war crime.” However, unlike other “war crimes” of the Second World War, the calculated butchering of tens of thousands of Poles will have very little impact on a government that went to great lengths to avoid aiding the investigation: the Russian government will be required to pay 5,000 euros (approximately...
  • FDR and the Massacre at Katyn (FDR was terribly naïve when it came to Stalin)

    12/08/2010 9:16:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/08/2010 | Paul Kengor, Grove City College
    At the end of November something historically quite significant happened in Russia. The State Duma passed a statement conceding Soviet responsibility for the Katyn Woods massacre, one of the 20th century’s worst war crimes. The roots of this atrocity date to September 1939, when the Nazis and Bolsheviks jointly invaded, annihilated, and partitioned Poland. The Soviets seized thousands of Polish military officers as prisoners. Their fate was sealed on March 5, 1940 when Stalin signed their death warrant, condemning 21,857 of them to “the supreme penalty: shooting.” This we now know conclusively through the surviving NVKD document. The officers were...
  • Katyn 1940 " The last letter" (beautiful song and video clip)

    08/19/2010 1:26:42 AM PDT · by lizol · 7 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | Lech Makowiecki
    When listening to the radio couple of days ago I came across this ballad about Katyn massacre, performed by a Polish singer Lech Makowiecki. I found it absolutely beautiful and so much adequate to the topic. When listening to it I could hardly refrain myself fom crying (such a shame, I'm a grownn up man ;-) The song is in Polish, but here you have the lyrics in English. " Katyn 1940. The last letter I'm jotting a few words for You today, Although, I know, You won't receive them again, I'm writing from here to You for the last...
  • Scent of Shale Gas Hangs Over Katyn

    04/14/2010 3:43:41 AM PDT · by theanchoragedailyruse · 38 replies · 927+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | 14 April 2010 | Yulia Latynina
    Then it all ended unexpectedly, as if on cue. Putin traveled last week to Katyn along with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. What caused such a dramatic shift? The Wall Street Journal on April 8 reveals the answer. According to the article, “U.S. [energy] giants will start drilling for shale gas in Poland within the next few weeks.” There’s your answer. All of Russia’s neo-imperialism has been built upon the fact that it has “peaceful gas” (similar to the Soviet Union’s “peaceful atom”) and that it can shove its gas pipelines through Poland just like the Kremlin did with Ukraine....
  • The Fog Over Katyn Forest

    04/13/2010 2:01:04 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 36 replies · 1,268+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/13/10 | Bret Stephens
    Today, the facts about Katyn are not in doubt. In the spring of 1940, 22,000 Polish prisoners of war—most of them army officers, but also thousands of leading members of the Polish intelligentsia—were systematically murdered by the Soviet secret police on direct orders from Joseph Stalin. ...In one of history's richer ironies, the massacre was first discovered and publicized by the Nazis in 1943. That made it that much easier for the Soviets to dismiss the revelation as German propaganda to cover up a German crime, a line the U.S. and Britain were only too happy to adopt to propitiate...
  • A Pole Apart

    04/12/2010 4:52:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 446+ views ^ | April 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    An ally who feared U.S. indifference. Tragedy In Smolensk: Lech Kaczynski was a Polish patriot and a friend of the West who believed in the defense of freedom and democracy. We don't have many friends like him, and we treated him shabbily. Numerologists might note the number 70 figured prominently in both the life and death of Poland's president. Kaczynski, 60, his wife Maria, an economist, and 95 others who died Saturday on their way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the massacre of 22,000 Polish prisoners in the Katyn Forest in western Russia in 1940 by Stalin's secret...
  • The Glory of Poland

    04/12/2010 12:41:25 PM PDT · by lizol · 30 replies · 1,109+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 12, 2010 | ROGER COHEN
    The Glory of Poland By ROGER COHEN Published: April 12, 2010 NEW YORK — My first thought, hearing of the Polish tragedy, was that history’s gyre can be of an unbearable cruelty, decapitating Poland’s elite twice in the same cursed place, Katyn. My second was to call my old friend Adam Michnik in Warsaw. Michnik, an intellectual imprisoned six times by the former puppet-Soviet Communist rulers, once told me: “Anyone who has suffered that humiliation, at some level, wants revenge. I know all the lies. I saw people being killed. But I also know that revanchism is never ending. And...
  • President Kaczynski’s last speech (unspoken, prepared for Katyn ceremony)

    04/12/2010 12:48:20 PM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 869+ views ^ | 12.04.2010
    President Kaczynski’s last speech 12.04.2010 11:53 Below is the text of the speech which Lech Kaczynski, who died on Saturday, was going to deliver at the 70th anniversary ceremony of the Katyn massacre. “Dear Representatives of the Katyn Families. Ladies and Gentlemen. In April 1940 over twenty-one thousand Polish prisoners from the NKVD camps and prisons were killed. The genocide was committed at Stalin’s will and at the Soviet Union’s highest authority’s command. The alliance between the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact and the Soviet attack on Poland on 17 September 1939 reached a terrifying climax...
  • Poland, Russia Embrace in Wake of Tragedy

    04/11/2010 3:19:50 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 728+ views
    Of course it’s not like Russia will now agree to stop building the Nord Stream gas pipeline or Poland will lift its objections to it; or that a new gas agreement between the two countries will be signed after more than a year of delay. Katyn victims may not necessarily be put on a fast track in Moscow toward rehabilitation, and the question of how Russia sees its sphere of influence and how Poland wants to compete with it will come back sooner or later. But in the wake of the unthinkable the Polish-Russian relationship has reached its highest level...
  • Poland and Russia: reconciled in tragedy

    04/11/2010 3:16:42 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 515+ views
    There is no such thing as a good death. Every tragic death is senseless and aimless. But today Poles can bring some sense to this unprecedented tragedy in their country's history. For the last 70 years, the name Katyn had little resonance for most people in the west. It was also seen as a symbol of Russophobia on the part of Poles. Paradoxically, what happened on Saturday in Smolensk makes this notion obsolete. Due to last weekend's tragedy, the killing of 22,000 Polish officers by Russians in 1940 will become common knowledge. We Poles do remember that, but because they...
  • Poland Mourns Nation’s Loss, but Begins to Rebuild

    04/11/2010 12:46:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 744+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 11, 2010 | NICHOLAS KULISH and CLIFFORD J. LEVY
    WARSAW — As the body of Poland’s president was returned to this traumatized capital on Sunday, a day after he and dozens of top Polish political and military leaders died in a plane crash in western Russia, the country was in mourning but there was already a sense that its young democracy had passed a major test. The mechanisms to replace the lost officials appeared to be functioning and the political culture was responding with remarkable unity. Senior Polish officials sought to reassure the public that the government would continue to function normally despite the loss. Military leaders were immediately...
  • Chicago artist among dead in Polish plane crash

    04/10/2010 6:57:05 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 3 replies · 593+ views
    hosted ^ | Apr 10 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO (AP) -- One of Wojciech Seweryn's main passions in life was reminding people of the Katyn massacre, a 1940 slaughter that killed thousands of Polish military officials, including his own father. It was that passion that ultimately led to the 70-year-old Chicago sculptor's death. Seweryn, a respected artist in the Chicago area's large Polish community, was among the 97 people killed Saturday when the airliner carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashed in western Russia.
  • Putin arrives in Smolensk; Polish officials on their way

    04/10/2010 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 15 replies · 982+ views ^ | April 10, 2010
    High ranking officials are gathering in Russia’s Smolensk region following the tragic crash of the plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and many of the Polish political elite, with no passengers surviving. Following the crash, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry opened a crisis hot line for relatives of the victims. English speaking emergency specialists can be reached at +7 (495) 626 37 07. The Smolensk region has set up a separate hot line: +7 (800) 100 19 01. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has arrived in Smolensk to personally supervise the investigation. According to Polish media reports, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk...