The Untold Story of Stalin's Polish Massacre

Book - 1991
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Publisher: New York : C. Scribner's Sons, [1991], ©1991
ISBN: 9780684192154
Branch Call Number: 940.5405 Pa
Description: xxi, 390 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Sep 18, 2012

If I could rate this a 10 I would.

I initially heard about the Katyn Massacre during my first visit to Poland in 2004. Friends of mine took me to see the Katyn Memorial in Wroclaw. Subsequently, I read bits and pieces about this tragic event in Polish history and had seen the movie by Wajda a couple of years ago.

In 2006 I met via my family history webpage another cousin in Poland whose father, grandparents and other family members were part of the 1.2 million Poles who were deported by Stalin to Siberia and Kazakhstan. When I met Pawel and his family in Poland in 2006, Pawel's father gave me a copy of a document he had written (in Polish) about the deportation of his family and the 6 1/2 years they spent in exile. It wasn't until I began reading this book that I realized the deportations were linked closely with the Katyn Massacre. Until now I had not tried to translate the document given to me by my cousin. As each chapter in the book unfolded and each page of Jan's document was translated, I thought to myself that the document could well have been a chapter in the book!!

There is a more recent edition (2010) of this book called Katyn: Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth. It appears to be much the same book, but includes additional information due to documents having been declassified since the original version.

The book I just finished is borrowed from my public library. I intend to purchase a copy of the newer version to add to my personal small Polish history library. I have no doubt that I will refer to it often as I continue to learn more about the history of my Polish ancestors.

I recommend this book to anyone who is of Polish descent. There has been much written about Hitler and the Nazi invasion of Poland, but so little is known about these equally atrocious murders at the hand of Stalin.


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