Monday, June 20, 2011

Spent a very emotional afternoon visiting Gunnersbury Cemetery in London, to view the monument to the twenty-two thousand Polish officers and intellectuals murdered at the Katyn Forest near Smolensk on Stalin's order. When the Germans discovered the mass grave in 1942, Stalin of course attributed the murders to them, and the British and American governments to their shame went along with the hoax. Nor was the crime officially acknowledged until the Russians did so, in Gorbachev's time. Then and only then were the Poles permitted to add the year--1940--to the monument in Gunnesbury.

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