Death in the Forest: The Story of the Katyn Forest Massacre

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VII
Reconstruction: To the Edge of the Graves

IT WAS MENTIONED earlier that, although thousands of the prisoners from the camps Kozelsk, Ostashkov, and Starobelsk disappeared, about 448 of them--from all three camps--were found. Why and how they were selected by the Soviet authorities to be spared will be discussed in the next chapter. As the result of the re-establishment of Polish-Soviet relations in July 1941, these prisoners were released from Camp Grazovec, in which they had ultimately been assembled.

Many of these men were approached and interviewed by General Anders' special office, and after they were evacuated from the Soviet Union, also by the Polish authorities in exile. Those who subsequently lived in England, France, and the United States in 1951 were also questioned by the investigating committee of the United States Congress.1 The assembled information supplied by them makes it possible to reconstruct in detail the life of the Polish prisoners in the Soviet camps. Many of these survivors were the very last to leave the camps, so it is possible to learn from them the manner in which prisoners had departed from the camps. From the diaries of the men from Kozelsk, the conditions of their travel and the manner of arrival at the site of their slaughter can be learned. Gruesome as these details are, they shed light on the possible motives of the executioners.

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Table of contents

  • DEATH ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xiii
  • Abbreviations xv
  • I- The Prisoners Who Vanished 3
  • II- The Graves in the Forest 15
  • III- The Inconvenient Allies-- Alive and Dead 29
  • IV- The Soviet Commission Investigation 49
  • V- Nuremberg- Crime and Punishment in International Politics 59
  • VI- Analysis of the Evidence 77
  • VII- Reconstruction- To the Edge of the Graves 101
  • Vlll Reconstruction- Marked to Live and Marked to Die 127
  • IX- Problems Caused by Katyn after the War 169
  • Appendix 199
  • Index 219
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