Saturday, 2 January 2010

Katyn Massacre of 1940

In 1940 a massacre happened that saw around 22,000 Polish soldiers, policemen, intellectuals and other prisoners of war fall victim to the war and killed over the space of a few days and weeks.

Interestingly this massacre was not caused at the hands of the Germans, in fact the Katyn massacre was the work of the Soviet Union forces.

In March 1940 the executive of the NKVD put forward a motion of killing the senior ranks of the Polish forces and intellectuals who could potentially pose the Soviet Union problems. The motion was approved by all including Joseph Stalin and within a month 22,000 Polish men were killed.

Many people do not know much about the Katyn Massacre and this is something I feel strongly about and feel people should know more about.

The massacre happened near a place called Katyn, a small village outside Smolensk in the Soviet Union. Those killed were executed by a shot to the back of the head in the Katyn Forest over the mass grave or in other areas around Smolensk and further afield.

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