Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen
The Associated Press (AP) published an article on September 10 about the
[US] National Archives declassifying , releasing and putting online about
1,000 pages of documents that 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. The Soviet secret police who
killed the 22,000 Poles with shots to the back of the head purpose was to
eliminate a Polish military and intellectual elite that would have put up
stiff resistance to Soviet control. It's estimated that 700-900 victims of
the Katyn Massacre were Polish Jews.
American POWs sent secret coded
messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: It was May 1943 in
the Katyn forest, a part of Russia the Germans had seized from the Soviets
in 1941 where the American POWs saw rows of corpses in an advanced state of
decay in the Katyn forest, proof that the
killers could not have been the
Nazis who had only recently occupied the area. The long-held suspicion is
that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn't want to anger Josef Stalin,
an ally whom the Americans were counting on to defeat Germany and Japan
during World War II.
To read the article click here: http://tinyurl.com/8pwkowc
The site at the National Archives has photos,
maps and scanned documents.
To read what the National Archives has click on:
http://tinyurl.com/c6rhfnl or original url
an overview of what the National Archives has concerning the Katyn Forest
Massacre go to: http://tinyurl.com/93mpfkr or orignal url:
U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee was tasked in 1951 with
conducting an investigation into the Katyn atrocity and concluded that the
Soviets were responsible for the Katyn mass murder.
Ohio Rep. Marcy
Kaptur, who helped lead a recent push for the release of the documents, and
her press release is available at:
you to Randy Hershaft, Associated Press, on of the authors of the rticle
for sharing this article.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee