Katyn : Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-20
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois Univ Pr
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Twenty years ago, Allen Paul wrote the first post-communist account of one of the greatest but least-known tragedies of the 20th century: Stalinrs"s annihilation of Polandrs"s officer corps and massive deportation of so-called "bourgeoisie elements" to Siberia. Today, these brutal events are symbolized by one word, Katyn-a crime that still bitterly divides Poles and Russians. Paulrs"s richly updated account covers Russian attempts to recant their admission of guilt for the murders in Katyn Forest and includes recently translated documents from Russian military archives, eyewitness accounts of two perpetrators, and secret official minutes published here for the first time that confirm that U.S. government cover-up of the crime continued long after the war ended. Paulrs"s masterful narrative recreates what daily life was like for three Polish families amid momentous events of World War II-from the treacherous Nazi-Soviet invasion in 1939 to a rigged election in 1947 that sealed Polandrs"s doom. The patriarch of each family was among the Polish officers personally ordered by Stalin to be shot. One of the families suffered daily repression under the German General Government. Like thousands of other Poles, two of the families were deported to Siberia, where they nearly died from forced labor, starvation, and neglect. Through painstaking research, the author reconstructs the lives of these families including such stories as a miraculous escape on the last transport of Poles leaving Russia and a motherrs"s daring ski trek over the Carpathian Mountains to rescue a daughter she had not seen in six years. At the heart of the drama is the Polesrs" uncommon belief in "victory in defeat"-that their struggles made them strong and that freedom and independence, inevitably, would be regained.

Author Biography


Allen Paul is a former Associated Press reporter and political speechwriter. In April 2009, the President of Poland awarded Allen Paul the Order of Merit for Katyn.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Note on Sourcesp. xxi
Prologuep. 3
The Interludep. 5
Hitler's Commandp. 18
A Failed Escapep. 24
Case Whitep. 30
Capturep. 40
Diabolical Schemesp. 52
Camp Lifep. 72
House Callsp. 88
The Liquidationsp. 103
Trains to the Eastp. 116
The Remnantp. 124
Life on the Steppesp. 148
Bad-Faith Agreementsp. 160
Crumbling Hopesp. 177
Exodusp. 193
Wolf's Findp. 210
The Rupturep. 223
Death Knellp. 238
The Whitewashp. 257
Clandestine Designsp. 273
Moments of Truthp. 285
The Allies' Blind Eyep. 304
Rescuep. 319
Echoes of O'Malleyp. 334
The Quest for Truthp. 344
Epiloguep. 356
Appendix-Katyń Forest Execution Orderp. 361
Notesp. 365
Bibliographyp. 393
Chronologyp. 401
Indexp. 411
About the Authorp. 423
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