8 March 2017
Seventy seven years ago, on April 1940, 22 thousand defenceless Polish prisoners from the NKWD camps and prisons, chiefly Polish army officers, police officers, border guards, prison and administration functionaries, priests were killed on the order of Stalin without the trial or sentence. Their fate was covered with ominous silence, the world was supposed never to learn of massacre. Mass graves in Katyń Forest, Miednoje and Charków, hid the truth about what had happened and the ground was meant to cover all signs of the genocide to erase it from human memory.
After 70 years we were the witnesses of another tragedy. The presidential plane, carrying a delegation to Katyń, to commemorate the mass murder of previous Polish elite, crashed near the city of Smoleńsk, killing all 96 people on board. These included president Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, the chief of the Polish General Staff and other senior Polish military officers, the president of the National Bank of Poland, Poland's deputy foreign minister, Polish government officials, 15 members of the Polish parliament, senior members of the Polish clergy, and relatives of victims of the Katyń massacre. The loss was devastating for Poland.SEE MORE