The war crime committed by the Soviets on the orders of Stalin should have achieved international condemnation. The discovery of the mass grave of Polish officers shows Stalin for what he really was. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: The Katyn Massacre 1940, History of a Crime FILE: R3338 AUTHOR: Thomas Urban PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, war crime, Katyn Wood, Polish Officer corps, NKVD, Stalin, Soviet atrocity, mass killing, Nazi/Soviet Pact, partitioning of Poland, 1939, 1940 ISBN: 1-52677-535-2 PAGES: 279, many illustrations in the form of b&w photographs and reproduced images from publications, through the body of the text. IMAGE: B3338.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/3hvwuhvp LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The war crime committed by the Soviets on the orders of Stalin should have achieved international condemnation. The discovery of the mass grave of Polish officers shows Stalin for what he really was. – Most Highly Recommended
The cynical Non-Aggression pact between the national socialist dictatorships of Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union was to provoke the enormously costly Second World War. The Pact included the protocol by which the Nazis and the Soviets agreed to partition Poland under their occupation.
While the World’s focus was on the German invasion of Poland and the ultimatum from Britain and France, requiring the Germans to cease their invasion and withdraw to their own borders, Stalin’s Red Army was sweeping into Poland from the East. The German and Soviet forces met on the agreed partition line, leaving the Nazis to start redeploying their forces for the Battle of France and invasion of the Low Countries. At the end of WWII, the Red Army was left with control of Central and Eastern Europe as the spoils of their alliance with Allies. As the Iron Curtain descended and the Cold War began, the West had other things to think about, even though the Massacre of Katyn Wood was already known.
The author has set out the harrowing account of how thousands of Polish Officers were murdered and buried in a mass grave. The war crime was used by the Nazis for effective propaganda when they discovered the grave and ensured that independent witnesses were present as they uncovered and catalogued the remains. He has also recounted from recently available documents how the US spy chief Donovan thwarted the Soviet strategy at the Nuremberg trials and how the massacre and the Soviet lies contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union and allowed the former Eastern Block satellites to form independent democratic Governments.
One of the great scandals of WWII is how the Soviets profited from the conflict that they were instrumental in creating. They continued to deny periodic attempts to admit their culpability at Katyn and Stalin persecuted, intimidated and murdered all those witnesses that he could find. Even after his death, Soviet Leaders continued to deny their war crime. Only after the collapse of the Soviet Union the first reluctant admissions were made and many documents have only recently become available.