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

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IX
Problems Caused by
Katyn after the War

THIS FINAL CHAPTER deals with several topics. First, an attempt will be made to describe the effects of the Katyn case upon the relationship between Polish public opinion and the contemporary government of Poland. Second, the difficulties encountered with the Soviet Government in this connection will be briefly sketched. Third, postwar policies of the United States and Great Britain will be described. In conclusion, the implications of the Katyn case with regard to current international agreements regulating the treatment of war prisoners will be discussed.


REACTIONS OF THE POLISH AND SOVIET
GOVERNMENTS: DISCREPANCIES
AND DIFFICULTIES

The present Government of the People's Republic of Poland seems unable to live down Katyn. The evil and injury of Katyn lives on and embitters relations between the people and the government. From time to time a little news trickles out of Poland on this subject. Originally the Polish communists decided to meet the Katyn affair head on. The first step was the visit of Colonel Berling on January 30, 1944, to the Katyn graves with a delegation of Polish units which had been

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Table of contents

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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