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Poland: The Katyn massacre
April 11, 2010, 6:08 pm
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From that wiki thing ….

The Katyn massacre, also known as the Katyn Forest massacre (Russian: Катынский расстрел, Polish: zbrodnia katyńska, ‘Katyń crime’), was a mass murder of over 20,000 Polish prisoners of war (primarily military officers), intellectuals, police officers, and other public servants by the Soviet NKVD, based on a proposal from Lavrentiy Beria to execute all members of the Polish Officer Corps. Dated 5 March 1940, this official document was then approved (signed) by the entire Soviet Politburo including Joseph Stalin and Lavrentiy Beria.[1][2][3] The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000, the most commonly cited number being 21,768.[4] The victims were murdered in the Katyn Forest in Russia, the Kalinin and Kharkov prisons and elsewhere.[5] About 8,000 were officers taken prisoner during the 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland, the rest being Poles arrested for allegedly being “intelligence agents, gendarmes, saboteurs, landowners, factory owners, lawyers, priests, and officials.”[4] Since Poland’s conscription system required every unexempted university graduate to become a reserve officer,[6] the Soviets were able to round up much of the Polish intelligentsia, and the Jewish, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian[7] and Belarusian intelligentsia of Polish citizenship.[8]


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