Praise from Nobel Prize Laureate:
“In the Shadow of Katyn is the most important book for understanding the history of Second World War.”
Czeslaw Milosz, 1980 Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature Continue reading
A Polish newspaper said Tuesday it had fired its editor and a journalist who penned an article claiming explosive traces were found on the wreck of the jet which crashed in Russia in 2010, killing then president Lech Kaczynski.
In a front-page open letter published in the daily Rzeczpospolita, its owner Grzegorz Hajdarowicz blasted the actions of editor-in-chief Tomasz Wroblewski and reporter Cezary Gmyz. Continue reading
THE editor-in-chief of Poland’s leading conservative newspaper, Rzeczpospolita, has left his job after publishing an inaccurate report that explosives were found in the remains of the plane that crashed and killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 95 other VIPs in Smolensk, Russia in 2010. This stoked the fire of claims that the accident was an assassination. The reporter of the story and two other employees have also left the paper. Continue reading
The Presidents of Ukraine and Poland on Friday unveiled a memorial to the thousands of Ukrainians, Poles and others killed by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s secret police before and during World War II.
The memorial is part of a remembrance complex in Bykivnia, outside the Ukrainian capital, where up to 120,000 people are buried. Continue reading
Summary of events
Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union each invaded Poland in September of 1939, having divided the country into separate spheres of influence under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. While the Germans began a massacre of Jews and Poles in western occupied Poland, the Red Army arrested and imprisoned thousands of Polish military officers, policemen, and intelligentsia during their occupation of eastern Poland. Prisoners of war and civilian internees captured by the Soviets were placed in several camps in the western USSR, run by the Soviet People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs, or NKVD, a predecessor organization to the modern FSB-camps including Kozielsk, Ostashkov, and Starobielsk. Continue reading
Documents released Monday and seen in advance by The Associated Press lend weight to the belief that suppression within the highest levels of the U.S. government helped cover up Soviet guilt in the killing of some 22,000 Polish officers and other prisoners in the Katyn forest and other locations in 1940. Continue reading
Polish investigators have exhumed the remains of three of the 96 Poles killed in the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski because of flaws in the initial autopsies performed by Russian officials.
The need for the new autopsies has added to suspicions that the Russians were, at best, sloppy in their handling of the crash aftermath, and, at worst, trying to cover something up. Continue reading
The citizens’ awakening in Russia dates from the disputed State Duma elections on Dec. 4 and the first protest held on the following day on Chistiye Prudy. But to my mind, the first sign thatVladimir Putin‘s regime is tottering emerged 20 months earlier, on the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. The ceremony commemorating the 22,000 Polish officers and intellectuals murdered by Stalin’s security forces and the 2010 plane crash that killed the Polish president and a number of government and military officials marked a rapprochement between Moscow and Warsaw. Continue reading
Accusations that Joseph Stalin ordered thousands of captured Polish officers executed without trial at Katyn in 1940 are a violation of the Russian Constitution and an illegal slander against the Soviet leader, a lawyer for Stalin’s grandson Yevgeny Dzhugashvili said on Tuesday. Continue reading
Medvedev will come to Poland at the invitation of his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski. Continue reading