It was 76 years ago today, on March 5th, 1940, that about 22,000 people were condemned to death. During April and May of 1940, they were murdered, killed with a shot to the back of the head and buried in mass graves.
Who were they? They were mostly Polish Army officers, along with some other Polish intellectuals–police officers, professors, doctors, lawyers–all the cream of the crop (intelligentsia) of Poland before the Soviet invasion of 1939.
Who did this? 76 years ago today, Joseph Stalin (may he burn in hell forever) signed the order of Lavrentiy Beria, the head of the Soviet Secret Police (NKVD). In subsequent months, this was carried out at several sites, the most notorious of which is in the Katyń forest. Today this “event” is generally known as the Katyń Massacre.
Why did they do this? Russia and the Soviet Union have coveted Poland for centuries. Stalin wanted Poland for his own from before the start of World War II, but he also knew of the zealousness and fierce nationalism of the Poles. By murdering their top level of society, he hoped to quell any rebelliousness. Of course we know that in the long run, this did not work out so well for the Soviet Union, though we must be wary even to this day, as Russia still in her heart covets Poland.
Where can you find out more?
- Read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katyn_massacre
- Watch this 2007 movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0879843/
Then ponder this fact: The German Nazi’s uncovered the truth about the Katyń massacre in 1943 and published this for the whole world to know. Roosevelt and Churchill knew what the Soviets had done. Yet they still sacrificed Poland and gave her to Stalin as a “prize” at the Yalta conference. So whenever you think of Roosevelt as some huge hero, think again–the blood of 22,000 Polish Patriots is on his hands as well, as he did nothing to avenge their murder.