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  • 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 naďve 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...
  • No apology at Katyn ceremony

    04/10/2010 8:08:51 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies · 981+ views
    New Poland Express ^ | 9th April 2010 | none stated
    Russia took some tentative steps along the rocky road to reconciliation with Poland when Vladimir Putin attended ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. The Russian prime minister, who was the first Russian leader to take part in formal events commemorating the massacre, laid flowers at the memorial in western Russia to the estimated 22,000 Polish officers and civilians murdered by Stalin’s NKVD in April 1940. With the Soviet Union long denying its guilt over the massacre, and Russia frustrating Poland with its apparent failure to show any contrition over Katyn, during a speech at the ceremony...
  • The Second Katyn Massacre

    04/10/2010 6:15:15 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 32 replies · 1,167+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 4/10/2010 | Moneyrunner
    The Woods of Smolensk The Polish President and numerous top officials died aboard a TU-154 while trying to land at Smolensk airbase.He was on his way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre which took place in the woods near that city. ... After Poland went down before the onslaught of Nazi and Soviet forces in 1939-40, Joseph Stalin and Lavrenty Beria decided to decapitate the country’s society. Since the Polish army required all university graduates to become reserve officers, the NKVD decided to kill two birds with one stone and eliminate the both the trained military manpower...
  • Poland and Russia reconcile in Katyn

    In a ground-breaking move Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk for the first time have jointly commemorated the victims of the Katyn massacre 70 years ago. The event signals a reconciliation from which other countries may learn, writes the European press. Commemoration brings countries closer In a ground-breaking move Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk for the first time have jointly commemorated the victims of the Katyn massacre 70 years ago. | Photo: rian Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin’s joint commemoration is a breakthrough...
  • Putin Marks Soviet Massacre of Polish Officers (Putin at Katyn)

    04/07/2010 2:08:33 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 25 replies · 835+ views
    MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin on Wednesday became the first Russian or Soviet leader to join Polish officials in commemorating the anniversary of the murder of thousands of Polish officers by the Soviet Union at the beginning of World War II. Mr. Putin cast the executions as one tragedy out of many wrought by what he called the Soviet Union’s “totalitarian regime.” “We bow our heads to those who bravely met death here,” Mr. Putin said at a site in the Katyn forest close to the Russian city of Smolensk, where 70 years ago members of the Soviet...
  • Giant Katyn memorial to be built in Poland.

    01/30/2010 2:27:45 PM PST · by lizol · 38 replies · 2,010+ views ^ | January 30, 2010
    Giant Katyn memorial to be built in Poland. The memorial is supposed to consist of a tall monument, and an „army” of 21.857 natural size statues of soldiers – the number equal to the number of the Polish POWs murdered by the Soviets in Katyn. Something like the Chinese ancient Terracota Army. Each statue will have its first name, surname, military rank and ... a hole in the head. Computer visualisation of the memorial A video visualisation
  • Polish Church Elders Call For Russia to Be Forgiven

    KATYN, Russia (Reuters) - A senior Polish bishop said Saturday Poland must forgive Russia for Soviet crimes in order to improve relations, speaking at a graveyard of more than 4,000 Polish officers killed by Josef Stalin's army in 1940. Russia and Poland are at loggerheads over the actions of Soviet leader Stalin in 1939, when he clinched a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany that opened the way for the invasion of Poland and world war. "The fate of those killed is already in the hands of God," Tadeusz Ploski, a Catholic Polish army bishop, told a group of 250 prison...
  • Musical tribute to Katyn

    09/27/2009 9:09:25 AM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 403+ views ^ | 17.09.2009
    Musical tribute to Katyn Rock musician Pawel Kukiz, leader of the band Piersi, has commemorated the victims of the Katyn massacre. Kukiz recorded the song, along with several others, as a form of expressing the truth rather than the falsification of history by presenting certain facts. Below is our English language translation of the song and see the video, too. 17 September (by Pawel Kukiz) A hen, not a bird, Poland – not abroad* So pour the vodka, Grisha, Because once you shoot, In the back of the head, It’s to the trench. Bodies thrown on bodies, Sasha, you must...
  • Katyn showed "great chauvinism"

    09/18/2009 1:36:39 PM PDT · by lizol · 9 replies · 476+ views ^ | 18.09.2009
    Katyn showed "great chauvinism" 18.09.2009 10:34 President Lech Kaczynski called the massacre of Polish officers in Katyn “an act of Russian chauvinism.” Thursday, during a speech to commemorate the Soviet invasion of Poland 70 years ago, President Lech Kaczynski said that the massacre of Polish officers in Katyn was a revenge for the defeat of Bolsheviks in the Polish-Soviet War in 1920. Kaczynski called Katyn “an act of Russian chauvinism,” which, in his opinion, prevailed in the Soviet Union at the end of 1930s. In his speech at the Memorial of Those Murdered in the East of Poland in Warsaw,...
  • ‘Katyn was not like the Holocaust’

    09/03/2009 1:20:05 PM PDT · by lizol · 103 replies · 3,106+ views ^ | 02.09.2009
    ‘Katyn was not like the Holocaust’ 02.09.2009 11:48 A German Jewish group has said that President Kaczynski’s likening the 1940 Katyn massacre to the Holocaust was “inappropriate”. “Despite total understanding of the pain caused by the memory of Polish officers murdered in Katyn, the comparison is inappropriate and out of place,” said Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan Kramer, quoted in the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper. President Kaczynski referred to the massacre of over 22,000 Polish officers by the Soviet NKVD in 1940 in his speech commemorating the outbreak of WW II. “Though not comparable in...
  • Katyn victims in Kharkov were ‘limed’

    08/10/2009 1:59:44 PM PDT · by lizol · 20 replies · 1,252+ views ^ | 10.08.2009
    Katyn victims in Kharkov were ‘limed’ 10.08.2009 12:10 Secret NKVD documents reveal that thousands of Katyn massacre victims executed in Kharkov were later covered with lime to conceal traces of mass murder. A letter, branded ‘top secret,’ has recently been found by the Ukrainian Security Service in post-Soviet archives. It reads: “In a forest about 100 metres from Kharkov-Bilgorod road, within a 50-metre radius, are many spots of collapsed earth. The holes are rectangular, 3x6 metres. One of the holes has been dug out and human bones and skulls can be seen. Some of the bones are scattered on the...
  • Caught between two evil regimes

    06/23/2009 10:06:56 AM PDT · by bronxville · 30 replies · 1,157+ views
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 19 June 2009 | Ed West
    There's a Polish joke that goes something like this: "A Russian and German turn up in town. Who do you shoot first?" Answer: "The German, because business comes before pleasure." Between 1939 and 1945 three million Polish Catholics (as well as three million Polish Jews) were murdered by the two most evil regimes to rule mankind. Of those, the Russians murdered a million, the vast majority prisoners or civilians. This is the story of 20,000 of them: the officers, policemen and intellectuals who were captured by the Soviets in September 1939 and murdered with a bullet to the head at...
  • 1940 Massacre of Poles Remains Potent Issue

    05/20/2009 5:07:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 841+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 20, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
    Efforts to gain justice for thousands of Polish captives executed apparently at Stalin's orders have been rebuffed by Russia's courts. The country's mood has swung away from probing the Soviet past.Reporting from Mednoye, Russia — There were 6,295 Polish prisoners held captive at the monastery when the order came to "unload" the camp. It took a month and a half to kill all of them. The prisoners were mostly military officers, police, gendarmes and landlords, rounded up as a dangerous "bourgeois" elite when the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland in the run-up to World War II. The following year, 1940,...
  • European leftists find Wajda's "Katyn" uncomfortable.

    04/20/2009 3:03:20 PM PDT · by lizol · 23 replies · 932+ views
    "Katyn", a recent Polish movie production about the mass genocide of Polish elites by the Soviet NKVD at Stalin's personal order, is well-received in Italy. The Italian Prime Minister himself encouraged world leaders present at the NATO summit to see the picture. Although the movie received so many good reviews, the company distributing copies of the movie to cinemas across the country is complaining they encounter serious prejudice and hostility. Martio Mazarotto of the company said in an interview that the world of culture and also of distribution of movies within Italy is almost monopolized by extreme leftists, for whom...
  • Poles apart – in film as in life

    04/19/2009 2:44:41 PM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 438+ views
    The Jewish Standard ^ | 17 April 2009 | Ralph Seliger
    Poles apart – in film as in life Ralph Seliger • Film Published: 17 April 2009 “Katyn,” the most recent work of the great Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda and a finalist for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2008, was held over for a month in its run at New York’s Film Forum, the city’s premier art house. (See page 11.) It depicts the Soviet murder of thousands of captive Polish army officers during the spring of 1940 and reverberations of the massacre’s aftermath several years later. Dire, in some instances fatal, consequences befell Poles who insisted on the truth,...
  • Russia High Court Ends Katyn Massacre Appeals

    01/30/2009 8:14:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 625+ views
    AP ^ | 1/29/09
    Russia's Supreme Court has rejected appeals to re-open the investigation into the World War II-era massacre of Polish military officers and intellectuals by Soviet secret police. The decision announced Thursday ends years of efforts by Polish families to get Russian authorities to re-examine the 1940 killings in forest near the city of Katyn. Around 20,000 Polish officers, intellectuals and priests were killed by Soviet agents in the spring of 1940 near Katyn, in western Russia. The Soviet Union in 1990 acknowledged that dictator Josef Stalin ordered the killings. In 2004, Russia's top military prosecutor closed the investigation after concluding that...
  • Russian NO to Katyn massacre victims

    11/26/2008 12:20:14 PM PST · by lizol · 11 replies · 551+ views ^ | 25.11.2008
    Russian NO to Katyn massacre victims 25.11.2008 The Municipal Court in Moscow has dismissed a legal complaint filed by families of Polish officers murdered in Katyn in 1940 concerning the rehabilitation of the victims. Thus the October verdict of the lower Regional Court has been upheld. Russian lawyers representing the Katyn victims’ families have complained against proceedings of the Supreme Military Prosecutors Office which denied the rehabilitation of the murdered Polish officers on grounds of incomplete records contained in Russian military archives. Attorney Anna Stawicka said her clients would be filing the case with the European Human Rights Tribunal in...
  • Moscow court rejects exoneration of WWII Katyn massacre victims

    10/24/2008 1:10:59 PM PDT · by lizol · 17 replies · 607+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 24/ 10/ 2008
    Moscow court rejects exoneration of WWII Katyn massacre victims 24/10/2008 MOSCOW, October 24 (RIA Novosti) - A Moscow court has refused to exonerate Polish prisoners of war executed in western Russia's Katyn forest in 1940, a lawyer for the families of those killed said on Friday. Over 20,000 Polish military officers, police and civilians taken prisoner during the 1939 partitioning of Poland by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were massacred in the Katyn forest, as well as in prisons and other locations, by the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB. "We strongly object to the ruling of the Khamovniki...
  • Katyn “deserved revenge”?

    08/25/2008 12:54:34 PM PDT · by lizol · 35 replies · 250+ views ^ | 25.08.2008
    Katyn “deserved revenge”? Created: 25.08.2008 15:09 “Stalin was an efficient leader, not a murderer. The killing of Polish officers in Katyn was a well-deserved revenge,“ will be the new official historical theory taught in Russian schools. Before the opening of the new school year, the Russian Academy of Qualification Improvement and Professional Retraining of Education Employees has released guidelines for teachers regarding the history syllabus in schools. From now on, Russian pupils will be informed that some 22,000 Polish officers were indeed killed by the NKVD in Katyn in 1940, but the act was fully justified and “politically suitable”, reports...
  • New evidence on Katyn forest massacre cover-up

    03/24/2008 1:55:01 PM PDT · by · 13 replies · 1,222+ views
    Polska Gazeta ^ | March 2, 2008 | Herbert Romerstein
    COVER UP FOR THOSE WHO CARRIED OUT MASS MURDERBy Herbert RomersteinWhen the Nazis announced on April 12, 1943 that they had found the bodies of thousands of Polish officers who had been murdered by the Soviets in Katyn forest, most Americans did not believe them. The Nazis were known to commit mass murder and the extensive propaganda campaign in the United States in support of the Soviet Union had affected the thinking of most Americans. But the Poles knew the truth. They had been asking the Soviets about the missing men for almost two years. And some Americans knew the...
  • Nazis responsible for Katyn massacre, says Russian daily

    02/06/2008 11:41:02 AM PST · by lizol · 32 replies · 203+ views ^ | 04.02.2008
    Nazis responsible for Katyn massacre, says Russian daily 04.02.2008 19:20 The Russian Nezavisimaya Gazieta daily claims that the Soviet NKVD secret police could not possibly have been responsible for the mass murder of over 20,000 Polish officers in 1940. The author of the article Aleksandr Shirokorad claims that the massacre could not have possibly been the doing of the NKVD since the ropes used for tying the victims' wrists and bullets were not those used by the NKVD. He also claims that the shooting technique used was apparently alien to the NKVD. Contrary to most historians opinions, the murders, claims...
  • 'Katyn' leading in NYT internet poll

    02/04/2008 9:50:43 AM PST · by lizol · 2 replies · 104+ views ^ | 04.02.2008
    'Katyn' leading in NYT internet poll 04.02.2008 Katyn - the movie by Polish Oscar winning director Andrzej Wajda, nominated for the Academy Award this year in the category of non-English language films, is leading in the New York Times internet poll. The movie is getting many votes from Poland, as Polish internet users in the country and abroad are joining forces to vote other films out. The results of the poll are, of course, not binding. The official results of the academy awards are to be announced in L.A. on February 24.
  • A Movie That Matters (review of Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn")

    02/01/2008 12:14:57 PM PST · by lizol · 5 replies · 149+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | February 1, 2008 | Anne Applebaum
    A Movie That Matters By Anne Applebaum Posted: Friday, February 1, 2008 ARTICLES The New York Review of Books Publication Date: February 14, 2008 Anne Applebaum reviews Katyn, directed by Andrzej Wajda and written by Andrzej Mularczyk and Andrzej Wajda. The ruins of a Russian Orthodox monastery, 1939: paint peels from the walls, light filters in from the cracks in the ceiling, cigarette smoke whirls through the air. Primitive wooden camp beds are stacked up high, one on top of the other, for the monastery has been turned into a prison. The prisoners, soldiers in khaki-brown wool uniforms and black...
  • Wajda’s Katyn nominated for Oscar

    02/01/2008 12:05:09 PM PST · by lizol · 10 replies · 191+ views ^ | 22.01.2008
    Wajda’s Katyn nominated for Oscar 22.01.2008 15:47 ‘Katyn’, last year’s box office hit directed by Poland’s most renowned director, Andrzej Wajda, has been nominated for an American Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The ceremony is to take place 24 February. The last time a Polish film received a nomination in this category was 1982, when another Wajda movie, Man of Iron was nominated but then withdrawn from the contest by the then Polish authorities. In the history of American Academy Awards, seven Polish films have received nomination in the Best Foreign Language category, but none of...
  • Poland honors Katyn genocide victims at a solemn ceremony in Warsaw (see pictures)

    11/12/2007 2:48:00 PM PST · by lizol · 10 replies · 645+ views
    Polish Radio External Service ^ | 12.11.2007 | Eliza Mickiewicz
    Poland honors Katyn genocide victims at a solemn ceremony in Warsaw 12.11.2007 Over the weekend, Warsaw was the venue of a very special celebration commemorating the memory of the victims of the Katyn Forest Massacre - over 20 thousand Polish citizens murdered by the NKVD at Stalin's personal order in 1940. Eliza Mickiewicz reports 'I would like us to focus on those, whose memory was forbidden on this soil for decades - on the victims of genocide in Katyn, Miednoje, Charkow and many other places.' ...said the Polish President Lech Kaczynski opening the two-day solemn ceremony to honor the victims...
  • Wajda's "Katyn" shown in Moscow

    10/28/2007 2:26:34 PM PDT · by lizol · 44 replies · 137+ views
    Wajda's "Katyn" shown in Moscow 28.10.2007 Polish Embassy in Moscow is again the venue of the screening of "Katyn", a movie on the Katyn Forest Massacre by Oscar winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda. Katyn was shown there for the first time yesterday. The audience, mostly diplomats, human rights activists and artists were moved. "Poles, forgive us," said Russian human rights activist Siergiej Kovaliov after he saw the film. In 1940, over twenty two thousand Polish POWs - both military and civilian - were executed by the Soviet NKVD. The movie tells a fictional story of the victims and their...
  • Every Polish soldier to see "Katyn" by December 15

    10/09/2007 3:03:10 PM PDT · by lizol · 16 replies · 770+ views ^ | Tuesday, October 9. 2007
    Every Polish soldier to see Katyn by December 15 Created: Tuesday, October 9. 2007 “By December 15, commanders of military units throughout the country make sure regular and compulsory military service soldiers see the Katyń movie by director Andrzej Wajda,” Minister of National Defence Aleksander Szczygło has announced. The Minister watched the movie with the soldiers from the 1 Masuria Artillery Brigade in a hall of the local community centre. Mr. Szczygło assured during a press conference that, “Shall the need arise to support this enterprise [the screening of the movie] logistically, the Ministry of National Defence will give logistical...
  • Fr. Peszkowski, legendary Katyn genocide survivor dies at 89 (the guardian of Katyn memory)

    10/08/2007 12:59:46 PM PDT · by lizol · 15 replies · 1,256+ views
    Polish Radio External Service ^ | 08.10.2007 | Joanna Najfeld
    Fr. Peszkowski, legendary Katyn genocide survivor dies at 89 08.10.2007 Father Zdzisław Peszkowski, Katyn Forest Massacre survivor and a legendary lifetime chaplain of the families of the Katyn genocide victims, passed away at the age of 89. Joanna Najfeld reports Until the last days of his life, Fr. Peszkowski fought for the truth about the 1940 Soviet mass murder of twenty thousand Polish POWs - military officers, but also civilians - professors, doctors, lawyers, clergy, higher state officials - the intellectual elite of pre-war Poland. The truth, as he often reminded, which was forbidden during the decades of communist regime...
  • Did Poland's President Exploit Katyn Tragedy?

    10/07/2007 1:55:23 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 1 replies · 382+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 10/05/2007
    In 1940, 20,000 Polish officers were massacred by Soviet soldiers. Legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda's film Katyn, opening on Friday, tells their story. But the premiere was almost hijacked by politics during a tight and bitter election fight.A pre-election dust-up threatened to derail the premiere of the most eagerly anticipated Polish film in years, as the government was accused of exploiting a national tragedy for political advantage. The film, "Katyn," which opens across Poland on Friday, is about the 1940 massacre of some 20,000 Polish officers by the Soviet army. Polish government officials announced just weeks ago that they would...
  • Wajda’s Katyn Poland’s Oscar candidate (see picture gallery)

    09/23/2007 11:35:01 AM PDT · by lizol · 27 replies · 2,454+ views ^ | September 23. 2007
    Wajda’s Katyn Poland’s Oscar candidate Sunday, September 23. 2007 Katyn, the latest film by veteran Polish movie maker Andrzej Wajda, will be Poland’s candidate for ‘Best Foreign Film’ in next year’s Academy Awards. Katyn – which had its premier last week in Warsaw – tells the story of the massacre by over 20,000 Polish officers by the Soviet NKVD in 1940. Some of Wajda’s family were murdered during the massacre. Wajda’s latest movie was among 16 Polish films which a special committee had to chose from to send to the Academy in Los Angles for consideration for nomination in the...
  • Prisoners of undeclared war (Russian take on Katyn massacre).

    09/21/2007 3:19:43 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 5 replies · 148+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 09/12/2007 | Maxim Krans
    MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Maxim Krans) - When Russia was recognized as the de facto successor to the U.S.S.R. it inherited not only its property, nuclear arsenal and a huge foreign debt, but also the heavy, often unbearable, burden of historic responsibility for the policies and actions of former regimes. A new feature film from the outstanding film director Andrzej Wajda, which will be released in the next few days, serves as a timely reminder of this. It is devoted to the Katyn tragedy -- a sensitive issue, which has marred Russian-Polish relations for years. Wajda, who lost his...
  • Russia denies Poland access to Katyn files

    09/20/2007 1:56:21 PM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 197+ views ^ | Thursday, September 20. 2007
    Russia denies Poland access to Katyn files Thursday, September 20. 2007 Russia has denied Poland access to 180 historical files concerning the 1940 Katyn massacre – an event that divides Warsaw and Moscow to this day. According to the daily Nasz Dziennk a definitive indictment of the role the NKVD, the Soviet government at the time and even Stalin himself played in the massacre - where over 20,000 Polish officers were murdered - will not be offered anytime soon by Poland’s National Institute of Remembrance (IPN), which is investigating the matter. Poland insists that the executions of Polish prisoners of...
  • Russian media blame Poland for the death of Soviet POWs in 1920

    09/19/2007 11:19:05 AM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 829+ views
    Polish Radio ^ | 19.09.2007 | Joanna Najfeld
    Russian media blame Poland for the death of Soviet POWs in 1920 19.09.2007 On the 68th anniversary of the Soviet aggression on Poland, Russian media question the Soviet responsibility for Katyn and blame Poland for the death of tens of thousands Soviet POWs in Poland back in 1920. Polish commentators respond that such statements from the Russian side are pure propaganda supposed to counterbalance their responsibility for the Katyn massacre. Joanna Najfeld reports Commemorating the 68th anniversary of the Soviet aggression on Poland on September 17th, 1939, Polish president Lech Kaczynski visited Katyn - the site of mass murder of...