New Revelations on the Katyn Forest Massacre: Roosevelt Knew. The Katyn massacre was a series of mass executions of nearly 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union, specifically the NKVD ("People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs", the Soviet secret police) in April and May 1940. Collectively, these murders are known as the Katyn Forest Massacre. [95][107][108], In June 1998, Boris Yeltsin and Aleksander Kwaśniewski agreed to construct memorial complexes at Katyn and Mednoye, the two NKVD execution sites on Russian soil. The massacre was initiated in NKVD chief Lavrentiy Beria's proposal to Stalin to execute all captive members of the Polish officer corps, approved by the Soviet Politburo led by Joseph Stalin. The Katyn massacre[a] was a series of mass executions of nearly 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union, specifically the NKVD ("People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs", the Soviet secret police) in April and May 1940. The Katyn massacre is the name of a series of killings by the Soviet army during World War II.Members of the NKVD killed about 22,000 Polish prisoners of war.In a forest near Katyn, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Smolensk, most of the prisoners killed were officers.The Katyn massacre happened in May 1940. However, the question of responsibility still remained controversial in the West as well as behind the Iron Curtain. [86] On 13 April 1990, the forty-seventh anniversary of the discovery of the mass graves, the USSR formally expressed "profound regret" and admitted Soviet secret police responsibility. [1], In 2008, the Polish Foreign Ministry asked the government of Russia about alleged footage of the massacre filmed by the NKVD during the killings, something the Russians have denied exists. [38], Russia and Poland remained divided on the legal description of the Katyn crime. ), Aleksander Kowalewski (ret. [99], In June 2008, Russian courts consented to hear a case about the declassification of documents about Katyn and the judicial rehabilitation of the victims. [25] The Soviet leadership, and Stalin in particular, viewed the Polish prisoners as a "problem" as they might resist being under Soviet rule. ), Henryk Minkiewicz (ret. 159", launched in the 1990s to investigate the Soviet-era mass killings of Polish officers. Chief Military Prosecutor Alexander Savenkov announced the investigation was able to confirm the deaths of 1,803 out of 14,542 Polish citizens who had been sentenced to death while in three Soviet camps. [14][15] Of the group of 12,000 Poles sent to Dalstroy camp (near Kolyma) in 1940–1941, mostly POWs, only 583 men survived; they were released in 1942 to join the Polish Armed Forces in the East. The Polish government-in-exile in London requested that the International Committee of the Red Cross examine the graves and also asked the Soviet government to provide official reports on the fates of the remaining missing prisoners. Directed by Andrzej Wajda. The Poles considered it a case of genocide and demanded further investigations, as well as complete disclosure of Soviet documents. [27], Those who died at Katyn included soldiers (an admiral, two generals, 24 colonels, 79 lieutenant colonels, 258 majors, 654 captains, 17 naval captains, 85 privates, 3,420 non-commissioned officers, and seven chaplains), 200 pilots, government representatives and royalty (a prince, 43 officials), and civilians (three landowners, 131 refugees, 20 university professors, 300 physicians; several hundred lawyers, engineers, and teachers; and more than 100 writers and journalists). [84] Brzezinski commented: It isn't a personal pain which has brought me here, as is the case in the majority of these people, but rather recognition of the symbolic nature of Katyń. The discovery of the massacre precipitated the severance of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and the Polish government-in-exile in London. [54], In January 1944, the Soviet Union sent another commission, the Extraordinary State Commission for ascertaining and investigating crimes perpetrated by the German-Fascist invaders to the site; the commission's name implied a predestined conclusion. He passed the reports to his superiors (sources vary on when exactly the Germans became aware of the graves—from "late 1942" to January–February 1943, and when the German top decision makers in Berlin received those reports [as early as 1 March or as late as 4 April]). [22] Earle was reassigned and spent the rest of the war in American Samoa. [74] It was not the purpose of the court to determine whether Germany or the Soviet Union was responsible for the crime, but rather to attribute the crime to at least one of the defendants, which the court was unable to do. [citation needed] The body was carried out through the opposite door and laid in one of the five or six waiting trucks, whereupon the next condemned was taken inside and subjected to the same treatment. [33] Vasily Mikhailovich Blokhin, chief executioner for the NKVD is reported to have personally shot and killed 7,000 of the condemned, some as young as 18, from the Ostashkov camp at Kalinin prison, over 28 days in April 1940. [22][54] Its members included prominent Soviet figures such as the writer Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, but no foreign personnel were allowed to join the commission. [67] Washington kept the information secret, presumably to appease Stalin and not distract from the war against the Nazis. [101] A civil rights group, Memorial, said the ruling could lead to a court decision to open up secret documents providing details about the killings of thousands of Polish officers. [54][55] As none of the documents found on the dead had dates later than April 1940, the Soviet secret police planted false evidence to place the apparent time of the massacre in mid-1941, when the German military had controlled the area. Copies of these volumes, each comprising about 250 pages, were packed in six boxes. In September of that year, the Russians also raised the issue of Soviet prisoner of war deaths in the camps for Russian prisoners and internees in Poland (1919–24). The Polish general Władysław Anders began organizing this army, but when he requested that 15,000 Polish prisoners of war whom the Soviets had once held at camps near Smolensk be transferred to his command, the Soviet government informed him in December 1941 that most of those prisoners had escaped to Manchuria and could not be located. In 1992 the Russian government released documents proving that the Soviet Politburo and the NKVD had been responsible for the massacre and cover-up and revealing that there may have been more than 20,000 victims. [46] The Germans were so intent on proving the Soviets were behind the massacre they even included some Allied prisoners of war, among them writer Ferdynand Goetel, the Polish Home Army prisoner from Pawiak. [9] The 25,000 soldiers and non-commissioned officers were assigned to forced labor (road construction, heavy metallurgy). In addition to muffling by the rough insulation in the execution cell, the pistol gunshots were masked by the operation of loud machines (perhaps fans) throughout the night. One mourner affixed a sign reading "NKVD" on the memorial, covering the word "Nazis" in the inscription such that it read "In memory of Polish officers killed by the NKVD in 1941." [29] 395 prisoners were spared from the slaughter,[1] among them Stanisław Swianiewicz and Józef Czapski. It was confiscated by the police and replaced with an official monument with the inscription: "To the Polish soldiers—victims of Hitlerite fascism—reposing in the soil of Katyn". Hotels near Katyn Forest Massacre Memorial: (0.04 mi) Hyatt House Jersey City (0.13 mi) Hyatt Regency Jersey City (0.14 mi) Dharma Home Suites JC at Paulus Hook (0.15 mi) 70 Greene Street (0.41 mi) Residence Inn by Marriott Jersey City; View all hotels near Katyn Forest Massacre Memorial on … Polish officials believe this footage, as well as further documents showing cooperation of Soviets with the Gestapo during the operations, are the reason for Russia's decision to classify most of the documents about the massacre. Katyn Massacre, mass execution of Polish military officers by the Soviet Union during World War II. [1] According to Soviet documents declassified in 1990, 21,857 Polish internees and prisoners were executed after 3 April 1940: 14,552 prisoners of war (most or all of them from the three camps) and 7,305 prisoners in western parts of the Byelorussian and Ukrainian SSRs. In 1944, Roosevelt assigned his special emissary to the Balkans, Navy Lieutenant Commander George Earle, to produce a report on Katyn. Nevertheless, every year on the day of Zaduszki, similar memorial crosses were erected at Powązki Cemetery and numerous other places in Poland, only to be dismantled by the police. [113], On 10 April 2010, an aircraft carrying Polish President Lech Kaczyński with his wife and 87 other politicians and high-ranking army officers crashed in Smolensk, killing all 96 aboard the aircraft. Some were freed or escaped quickly, but 125,000 were imprisoned in camps run by the NKVD. In 2000 a memorial was opened at the site of the killings in Katyn. Many years ago when i read about Katyn i did not know about the jews so i have learned so much more. [22][23] According to NKVD reports, if a prisoner could not be induced to adopt a pro-Soviet attitude, he was declared a "hardened and uncompromising enemy of Soviet authority". 2430). But both German and Red Cross investigations of the Katyn corpses then produced firm physical evidence that the massacre took place in early 1940, at a time when the area was still under Soviet control. As the excavation progressed, the Germans brought in several groups of observers, … and transferred them to the new Polish president Lech Wałęsa. Firstly, the Polish corpses were in such an advanced state of decay that the Nazis could not have killed them, as they had only taken over the area in 1941. This group included former U.S. national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. [85], His remarks were given extensive coverage on Soviet television. The speech was to honour the victims, highlight the significance of the massacres in the context of post-war communist political history, as well as stress the need for Polish–Russian relations to focus on reconciliation. [22] Witnesses were "interviewed" and threatened with arrest for collaborating with the Nazis if their testimonies disagreed with the official line. Stalin ordered it on Beria's advice. In November 2010 the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian Federal Assembly) officially declared that Joseph Stalin and other Soviet leaders were responsible for ordering the execution of the Polish officers at Katyn. [64], In 1947, the Polish Government in exile 1944–1946 report on Katyn was transmitted to Telford Taylor. [53], When Joseph Goebbels was informed in September 1943 that the German Army had to withdraw from the Katyn area, he wrote a prediction in his diary. His confession was full of absurdities, and thus he was not used as a Soviet prosecution witness during the Nuremberg trials. His superior, Major General Clayton Lawrence Bissell, General George Marshall's assistant chief of staff for intelligence, destroyed the report. The fate of the 22,000 Poles killed in the Katyn massacre went undiscovered until 1943 when Nazi troops found the mass grave in the forest. The executions were usually performed with German-made .25 ACP Walther Model 2 pistols supplied by Moscow,[31] but Soviet-made 7.62×38mmR Nagant M1895 revolvers were also used. The award-winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda begun work on a film depicting the event in 2006, the production title of which is "Post-Mortem: The Katyn story". They claimed the Polish prisoners of war had been engaged in construction work west of Smolensk, and consequently were captured and executed by invading German units in August 1941. A complex edifice of deception has been thoroughly dismantled by patient and persistent perseverance and pressure. [62] Churchill's own post-war account of the Katyn affair gives little further insight. [b], In 1951 and 1952, with the Korean War as a background, a congressional investigation chaired by Rep. Ray Madden and known as the Madden Committee investigated the Katyn massacre. The Moscow Times commented that the film's premiere in Russia was likely a result of Putin's intervention. ), Kazimierz Orlik-Łukoski, Konstanty Plisowski (ret. [1], The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000, with a lower limit of confirmed dead of 21,768. ), Leonard Skierski (ret. [100], On 21 April 2010, the Russian Supreme Court ordered the Moscow City Court to hear an appeal in an ongoing Katyn legal case. [103] On 6 December 2010, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed commitment to uncovering the whole truth about the massacre, stating "Russia has recently taken a number of unprecedented steps towards clearing up the legacy of the past. Katyn related books and videos. [72][better source needed] At the trials in 1946, Soviet General Roman Rudenko raised the indictment, stating "one of the most important criminal acts for which the major war criminals are responsible was the mass execution of Polish prisoners of war shot in the Katyn forest near Smolensk by the German fascist invaders",[73] but failed to make the case and the U.S. and British judges dismissed the charges. The falsified Soviet version of the events has become known as the "Katyn lie", a term coined in an analogy with "Auschwitz lie". It has also been alleged that the choice made in 1969 for the location of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic war memorial at the former Belarusian village named Khatyn, the site of the 1943 Khatyn massacre, was made to cause confusion with Katyn. [90] In March 2005 the Prosecutor-General's Office of the Russian Federation concluded a decade-long investigation of the massacre. In 1941, the Polish government-in-exile had agreed to join up with the Soviet Union to fight together against the Nazis, at which point the Poles expected their military officers who they believed were simply imprisoned at Katyn to be released. But after the Germans invaded the Soviet Union (June 1941), the Polish government-in-exile (located in London) and the Soviet government agreed to cooperate against Germany, and a Polish army on Soviet territory was to be formed. Jan Basamania.jpg 172 × 204; 12 KB. Later, recreational areas of NKVD/KGB were established there. [106], Archive searches are continuing in Belarus state archives for one of execution lists containing names of 3870 officers whose identifies and exact place of execution (presumably Bykivnia and Kuropaty, as mentioned above) were not yet established. The Polish nation was stunned; Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who was not on the plane, referred to the crash as "the most tragic Polish event since the war." [43] In early 1943, Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff, a German officer serving as the intelligence liaison between the Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre and Abwehr, received reports about mass graves of Polish military officers. by Charles Scaliger September 11, 2012. Other camps were at Jukhnovo (rail station Babynino), Yuzhe (Talitsy), rail station Tyotkino (90 kilometres (56 mi) from Putyvl), Kozelshchyna, Oranki, Vologda (rail station Zaonikeevo), and Gryazovets. [68] During the 1951–52 Congressional investigation into Katyn, Bissell defended his action before the United States Congress, arguing it was not in the U.S. interest to antagonize an ally (the USSR) whose assistance the nation needed against the Empire of Japan. His entry for 29 September 1943 reads: "Unfortunately we have had to give up Katyn. "[55] O'Malley pointed out several inconsistencies and near impossibilities in the Soviet version. [44] Joseph Goebbels saw this discovery as an excellent tool to drive a wedge between Poland, the Western Allies, and the Soviet Union, and reinforcement for the Nazi propaganda line about the horrors of Bolshevism, and American and British subservience to it. [114] The passengers were to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. The Red Army advanced quickly and met little resistance,[8] as Polish forces facing them were under orders not to engage the Soviets. [9], Once at the camps, from October 1939 to February 1940, the Poles were subjected to lengthy interrogations and constant political agitation by NKVD officers, such as Vasily Zarubin. [citation needed] Not all of the executed were ethnic Poles, because the Second Polish Republic was a multiethnic state, and its officer corps included Belarusians, Ukrainians, and Jews. [26] Of them 4,421 were from Kozelsk, 3,820 from Starobelsk, 6,311 from Ostashkov, and 7,305 from Byelorussian and Ukrainian prisons. [58] On 17 April 1943 the Polish government issued a statement on this issue, asking for a Red Cross investigation, which was rejected by Stalin, who used the fact that Germans also requested such an investigation as a "proof" of Polish-German conspiracy, and which led to a deterioration of Polish-Soviet relations. Official publication of the Polish government Agency of Combatants and Repressed", "Goetel, Skiwski, Mackiewicz. Therefore, they decided the prisoners inside the "special camps" were to be shot as "avowed enemies of Soviet authority". Three days later, on April 10, a plane carrying Polish Pres. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. He later recanted his confession, claiming the investigators forced him to confess. House. [83] The revelations were also publicized in the Russian press, where they were interpreted as being one outcome of an ongoing power struggle between Yeltsin and Gorbachev. [22][54] They destroyed a cemetery the Germans had permitted the Polish Red Cross to build and removed other evidence. Show more Up next. Nevertheless, Melby, at the time, felt on balance the Russian case was convincing. The Katyn Massacre left a deep scar in Polish-Soviet relations during the remainder of the war and afterward. … Congress. That episode is one that is going to cause us quite a little trouble in the future. 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Corrections? ), Piotr Skuratowicz, Mieczysław Smorawiński, and Alojzy Wir-Konas (promoted posthumously). The Katyn Forest MassacreUnravelling One of the Many Secrets of the Second World War 3. During a personal meeting, Stalin assured him and Władysław Sikorski, the Polish Prime Minister, all the Poles were freed, and not all could be accounted because the Soviets "lost track" of them in Manchuria. The acting Polish president said Russia's move might lay a good foundation for improving bilateral relations. The Soviet government refused these demands, and on April 25, 1943, the Soviets broke diplomatic relations with the Polish government in London. The Soviets are undoubtedly going to make it their business to discover as many mass graves as possible and then blame it on us". As a consequence of this occupation, tens of thousands of Polish military personnel fell into Soviet hands and were interned in prison camps inside the Soviet Union. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. [22][89] Another document transferred to the Poles was Aleksandr Shelepin's 3 March 1959 note to Nikita Khrushchev, with information about the execution of 21,857 Poles, as well as a proposal to destroy their personal files to reduce the possibility documents related to the massacre would be uncovered later. Cienciala and Materski note the commission had no choice but to issue findings in line with the Merkulov-Kruglov report, and Burdenko was likely aware of the cover-up. Though the killings also occurred in the Kalinin and Kharkiv prisons and elsewhere, the massacre is named after the Katyn Forest, where some of the mass graves were first discovered. [29] It is estimated about 8% of the Katyn massacre victims were Polish Jews. [43] The discovery was not seen as important, as nobody thought the discovered grave could contain so many victims. [30], Detailed information on the executions in the Kalinin NKVD prison was provided during a hearing by Dmitry Tokarev, former head of the Board of the District NKVD in Kalinin. Although a 1952 U.S. congressional inquiry concluded that the Soviet Union had been responsible for the massacre, Soviet leaders insisted for decades that the Polish officers found at Katyn had been killed by the invading Germans in 1941. The Anglo-Polish agreement of 25 August 1939. [69] In 2014, a copy of a report Van Vliet made in France during 1945 was discovered. In 1951 and 1952, with the Korean War as a background, a U.S. Congressional investigation chaired by Rep. Ray J. Madden and known as the Madden Committee investigated the Katyn massacre. The Katyn forests are a symbol of the criminal nature of communists. Two of the 12, the Bulgarian Marko Markov and the Czech František Hájek, with their countries becoming satellite states of the Soviet Union, were forced to recant their evidence, defending the Soviets and blaming the Germans. [119], The Communist Party of the Russian Federation and a number of other pro-Soviet Russian politicians and commentators claim that the story of Soviet guilt is a conspiracy and that the documents released in 1990 were forgeries. No comment by Roosevelt on the O'Malley report has been found. The massacre is of note for a number of reasons, but primarily due to the struggle over the attribution of culpability for several decades afterwards. The Polish general Władysław Anders began organizing this army, and soon he requested information about the missing Polish officers. He reportedly admitted something like that to friends and family shortly before his death in 1946. "[95], In late 2007 and early 2008, several Russian newspapers, including Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda, and Nezavisimaya Gazeta, printed stories that implicated the Nazis in the crime, spurring concern this was done with the tacit approval of the Kremlin. [22][54][55] It was headed by Nikolai Burdenko, the president of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences (hence the commission is often known as the "Burdenko Commission"), who was appointed by Moscow to investigate the incident. During the 1980s, there was increasing pressure on both the Polish and Soviet governments to release documents related to the massacre. With Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Artur Zmijewski, Danuta Stenka. [f] According to estimates by the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), roughly 320,000 Polish citizens were deported to the Soviet Union (this figure is questioned by some other historians, who hold to older estimates of about 700,000–1,000,000). In the late 1970s, democracy groups like the Workers' Defence Committee and the Flying University defied the censorship and discussed the massacre, in the face of arrests, beatings, detentions, and ostracism. The discovery at Katyn Wood was to greatly embarrass the Russian government. [108][110] The fate of Polish prisoners and internees in Soviet Russia remains poorly researched. Katyn Massacre, mass execution of Polish military officers by the Soviet Union during World War II. Polish poet Jacek Kaczmarski has dedicated one of his sung poems to this event. It seems very important to me that the truth should be spoken about what took place, for only with the truth can the new Soviet leadership distance itself from the crimes of Stalin and the NKVD. 54 Views Dr. William Pierce - The Meaning of Democracy. 1943 Nazi photos of exhumations in Katyn Forest. Lieutenant Janina Lewandowska, daughter of Gen. Józef Dowbor-Muśnicki, was the only woman POW executed during the massacre at Katyn. Investigators identified the corpses as the Polish officers who had been interned at a Soviet prison camp near Smolensk and accused the Soviet authorities of having executed the prisoners in May 1940. The Polish search for some 15,000 missing men had previously met with a Soviet profession of complete ignorance as to their fate. During the interrogation, Soprunenko defended himself by denying his own signature. [22][89] Among the documents was a proposal by Lavrentiy Beria, dated 5 March 1940, to execute 25,700 Poles from Kozelsk, Ostashkov and Starobelsk camps, and from certain prisons of Western Ukraine and Belarus, signed by Stalin (among others). One of them, Arno Düre, who was charged with murdering numerous civilians using machine-guns in Soviet villages, confessed to having taken part in the burial (though not the execution) of 15,000 to 20,000 Polish POWs in Katyn. The victim was told to kneel in the middle of the cell, and was then approached from behind by the executioner and immediately shot in the back of the head or neck. [22] A similar claim was raised in 1994; such attempts are seen by some, particularly in Poland, as a highly provocative Russian attempt to create an "anti-Katyn" and "balance the historical equation". Revolution999. [60] Unofficial or classified UK documents concluded Soviet guilt was a "near certainty", but the alliance with the Soviets was deemed to be more important than moral issues; thus the official version supported the Soviets, up to censoring any contradictory accounts. [102] In November 2010, the Russian State Duma admitted in an official declaration that Joseph Stalin and Soviet officials ordered the Soviet NKVD secret police under Lavrentiy Beria to commit the massacres. The report deconstructed the Soviet account of the massacre and alluded to the political consequences within a strongly moral framework but recognized there was no viable alternative to the existing policy. Thank u 0 0. Wiktor Dziurzyński.JPG 86 × 101; 3 KB. [55] NKVD operatives Vsevolod Merkulov and Sergei Kruglov issued a preliminary report, dated 10–11 January 1944, that concluded the Polish officers were shot by German soldiers. They insist that the original version of events, assigning guilt to the Nazis, is the correct version, and they call on the Russian government to start a new investigation that would revise the findings of 2004. [54], In January 1944, the Soviets also invited a group of more than a dozen mostly American and British journalists, accompanied by Kathleen Harriman, the daughter of the new American Ambassador W. Averell Harriman, and John F. Melby, third secretary at the American embassy in Moscow, to Katyn. ), Bronisław Bohatyrewicz (ret. 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