Thursday, September 20, 2012

[USA] National Archives Declassifies andReleases Documents Showing US Government Hushed Soviet Crime-Katyn Massacre

Posted by:  Jan Meisels Allen

The Associated Press (AP) published an article on September 10 about the [US] National Archives declassifying , releasing and  putting online about 1,000 pages of documents that lend weight to the belief that suppression within the highest levels of the U.S. government helped cover up Soviet guilt in the killing of some 22,000 Polish officers and other prisoners in the Katyn forest and other locations in 1940. The Soviet secret police who killed the 22,000 Poles with shots to the back of the head purpose was to
eliminate a Polish military and intellectual elite that would have put up stiff resistance to Soviet control. It's estimated that 700-900 victims of  the Katyn Massacre were Polish Jews.




American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: It was May 1943 in the Katyn forest, a part of Russia the Germans had seized from the Soviets in 1941 where the American POWs saw rows of  corpses in an advanced state of decay in the Katyn forest,  proof that the
killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area.  The long-held suspicion is that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn't want to anger Josef Stalin, an ally whom the Americans were counting on to defeat Germany and Japan during World War II.

To read the article click here: http://tinyurl.com/8pwkowc
original url:
http://news.yahoo.com/ap-exclusive-memos-show-us-hushed-soviet-crime-132109652.html?_esi=1

The site at the National Archives has photos, maps and scanned documents.
To read what the National Archives has click on: http://tinyurl.com/c6rhfnl   or original url
  http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/katyn-massacre/
For an overview of what the National Archives has concerning the Katyn Forest Massacre  go to: http://tinyurl.com/93mpfkr    or orignal url:
http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/katyn-massacre/selected-records.pdf

A U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee was tasked in 1951 with conducting an investigation into the Katyn atrocity and concluded that the Soviets were responsible for the Katyn mass murder.

Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who helped lead a recent push for the release of the documents, and her press release is available at:
http://tinyurl.com/8wlwgln
original url:
http://www.kaptur.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3103&Itemid=300243

Thank you to Randy Hershaft, Associated Press, on of the authors of the rticle  for sharing this article.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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