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Children of the Katyn Massacre: Accounts of Life After the 1940 Soviet Murder of Polish POWs

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780786427567
Author(s): Teresa Kaczorowska
Format: Paperback
Year: 2006
Edition: abridged edition
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Dimensions: 155 x 228 x 15 (w x l x h)
Pages: 258

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World War II was - and remains - one of the bloodiest wars in history. Not only did millions of soldiers die in combat but thousands of civilians lost their lives - some for no greater crime than their religious heritage or their nationality. The Soviets, at first allied with the Germans, incarcerated thousands of Polish military officers and reservists in the pre-established Soviet camps of Ostashkov, Starobelsk and Kozelsk. On March 5, 1940, Joseph Stalin and his lieutenants signed an execution order for 25,700 Polish prisoners of war. After months of hardship and interrogation, 14,700 prisoners from these camps were taken to remote areas, murdered with a shot to the back of the head and buried in mass graves. Later, when Germany turned its sights on the Soviet Union, the USSR allied itself with the West. With the discovery of the first of the mass burials by the Germans in the Katyn Forest (the area from which the entire massacre gets its name), the Soviets attempted to place the blame for the atrocities on the Germans in spite of a plethora of evidence to the contrary.
Only in 1990, with the fall of communism, did President Mikhail Gorbachev admit Soviet responsibility for the Katyn murders. Compiled from a series of interviews, this emotionally moving account records the stories and fates of 18 men and women, 16 of whom lost their fathers
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