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We remember the victims of the Katyn massacre, we pay tribute to them, but we also call for justice, for this crime to be explained in detail, said President Andrzej Duda, who laid a wreath in front of the Katyn Epitaph in the museum at the Warsaw Citadel on Friday.

On Saturday, April 13, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Katyn Massacre is celebrated. On Friday, President Andrzej Duda visited the Katyn Museum at the Warsaw Citadel, where he laid a wreath in front of the Katyn Epitaph and lit candles in front of the epitaph plaques.

– We are talking symbolically about the Katyn massacre, although we know perfectly well that there were many such places. In total, over 22,000 people – Polish intellectuals, not only officers, but also social activists, activists of various organizations, not only soldiers, but also policemen, officers of the Polish state – were brutally murdered, most of them shot in the back of the head – Duda recalled.

President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath in front of the Katyn Epitaph in the museum at the Warsaw Citadel PAP/Rafał Guz

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The president pointed out that “the number of Polish victims in the East then and later was enormous.” – It was a hecatomb of our nation. We remember them, we pay tribute to them, but today we also call for justice, so that this crime can be explained in detail. Russia admitted it after the collapse of the Soviet state, but today it is known that there are renewed attempts to erase history. Fortunately, we managed to obtain the documents and we know that it was none other than the leadership of the Soviet state, headed by Stalin, who gave the order to murder the Polish officers, he said.

The president emphasized that today we also see the enormity of the crimes committed by the Russians in the territory of Ukraine they occupy. – The perpetrators should be convicted and answer to the world for their crimes. Their faces should be known to the world. They should be stigmatized so that it never happens again. Just as the Katyn crime was never punished, and the perpetrators of the Katyn crime were never held accountable, perhaps that is why Bucza and other crimes that we have seen in recent years happened. All crimes committed against humanity, against the innocent, against those who cannot defend themselves, must be explained and punished, he concluded.

Andrzej DudaPAP/Rafał Guz

On April 13, 1943, information was revealed in Berlin that mass graves of Polish officers murdered by the Soviet NKVD pursuant to the decision of the KPZS Political Bureau were found in Katyn. Since 2008, April 13 has been the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Katyn Massacre.

Main photo source: PAP/Rafał Guz



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