Thursday August 12, 2010 | Katyn Forest Massacre

August 11, 2010 at 9:45 am | Posted in Coming Up | 3 Comments

Earlier this year, Poland lost most of the top tier of their government, including their president, to a tragic plane crash. The collection of officials were on their way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of another Polish tragedy, a massacre in the Katyn Forest in Russia. Biographer Allen Paul, from Raleigh, has extensively covered the Katyn Massacre over the years, and was in Poland leading up to the tragic flight this spring. He’ll join us to talk about both tragedies and the people involved, and about why he turned down the invitation to be on the doomed flight.
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Allen Paul
– Author of Katyn: Stalin’s Massacre and the Triumph of Truth

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  1. A fact which is finally beginning to be acknowledged by historians is that the Communist Soviets murdered many more innocent people than the Nazis (German National Socialists). Tens of millions of people – from peasants to middle class to leaders – were rounded up and deported, imprisoned, starved, worked to death, executed, and so on. This is not at all to excuse the crimes of the Nazis, but only to provide some perspective that the Communist violence was even more severe than Nazi violence. See THE BLACK BOOK OF COMMUNISM

    The Soviet execution of the Polish Officer Corps was an ‘aristocide’ pure and simple: execute many of the leaders and the country is much easier to take over and control. That is an important word to know: “aristocide” – http://www.mmisi.org/ma/19_03/weyl.pdf – and not only were the upper leadership classes executed in order to easier pave the way for Communism, the well off middle-class of farmers, shopkeepers, small businesspeople, etc was often rounded up and executed as well in a process of ‘de-kulakization’ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dekulakization

  2. Is the author familiar with the late Georgetown University professor Jan Karski, a Polish author who when underground following Polish capitulation and was able to personally report Nazi atrocities to President Roosevelt?

  3. My Dad is 99 years old, a survivor of the Polish army in WWII. He was captured by the Germans right at the beginning of the war and liberated by the Americans in 1945. He is so delighted to have heard this program this morning. He has been talking about this massacre and many other atrocities ever since the war, and usually people are not interested. So right now he is so excited that finally someone unbiased is talking about Katyn. So thank you!
    After the war, the British had a victory parade in London. At Stalin’s insistence, the Poles were not allowed to participate. Since Poles had served with the British throughout the war, this was a nasty blow. When we consider that the war began because Poland was invaded by Hitler, it seems ironic that when the war ended Poland was handed over to Russia without any objection. The Poles have always seemed to be treated as pawns. Last September a Memorial to the Polish Forces who fought in WWII was dedicated in England. We have a book and DVD about it (First to Fight – Marek Stella Sawicki) and it feels like some recognition has come at last. Too late for most veterans of the war, but for those who are left it is a wonderful thing!


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