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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Witnesses to Katyn murder disclosure honoured

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President Bronislaw Komorowski on Wednesday posthumously honoured two U.S. officers who - as German POWs - witnessed the uncovering of the truth about the 1940 killing of Polish POWs in Katyn Forest.

 

The officers, colonels John H. Van Vliet Jr. and Donald B. Stewart, were posthumously awarded Officer's Crosses of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. Krystyna Piorkowska, who has written about the English-speaking witnesses to the Katyn murder, received a Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

 

Through an accident of fate the American soldiers became witnesses to the Katyn crime and "did everything in their power to inform the world of this crime", President Komorowski said during the ceremony.

 

"That the world did not want to believe it or simply did not want to know, is another matter", the Polish president added.

 

In the spring of 1940 the Soviet NKVD executed around 22,000 Polish POWs held in Soviet camps and prisons in Katyn Forest, western Russia. (PAP)

 

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