The truth about Katyn finally has its place in the nation’s consciousness, President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter read out on Saturday in Warsaw, during the ceremony commemorating the 79th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.
The president, who laid flowers by the Katyn Memorial in Kraków, southern Poland, pointed out that the truth about the Katyn massacre is now well known, despite the fact that many of the execution sites have not been, and might never be, discovered.
"The memory of the heroic victims, of our ancestors and predecessors, who chose to die rather than turn against the Homeland, lasts alive and well in the hearts of our countrymen. This memory has its reflection in this day, and has finally found a worthy home in this modern museum at the Warsaw Citadel. We can be sure that as long as there is an independent Poland, the truth about the Katyn massacre and the memory of its victims will be passed down from generation to generation," President Duda wrote.
He also recalled that those who committed the massacre did not take responsibility for it, remained unpunished, and, in the Russian sphere of influence, the topic of Katyn had no right to exist. The truth about Katyn was also inconvenient for the Western powers, especially when the alliance with the Soviet Union was established during the WWII.
April 13, for the 12th time, marks the World's Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Katyn Massacre.
The Katyn massacre was a series of mass executions of Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union, specifically the Soviet security agency NKVD in April and May 1940. Most of the executions took place in Katyn Forest in western Russia, slaughtering at least 22,000 Poles.