The 80th anniversary of the Katyn Forest Massacre is this year. The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding decided to launch the website Katyn Pro Memoria, to take a closer look at the Soviet WWII genocide.
The site is available in three languages: Polish, English and Russian, and users can take a virtual walk through the Polish Military Cemetery in Katyn. One can also become familiar with the profiles of the murdered and listen to fragments of diaries and letters.
According to Maciej Wyrwa from the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding, the website forms part of the social campaign under which the special app allowing for paying homage to the Soviet victims will be launched.
The website was presented during the international conference in Warsaw, organised on the 80th anniversary of the order to execute thousands of Polish prisoners of war held captive by the Soviet military police NKVD in several camps located on Soviet territory.
Click here to visit Katyn Pro Memoria website.
The Katyn Massacre
Following the Soviet invasion of Poland on September 17, 1939, about 250,000 soldiers, including over 10,000 officers, were taken captive. In the spring of 1940, NKVD officers executed about 22,000 Polish citizens detained in camps and in prisons on Soviet territory, including Katyn, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Minsk and Kalinin.
Among the murdered were the elite of pre-war Poland: officers of the Polish Army, policemen and reserve officers: officials, doctors, professors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, clerics, writers, merchants and social activists. At the same time, when the NKVD murdered Polish prisoners, their families became the victims of mass deportation into the Soviet Union. The Katyn Massacre was classified as a war crime, a crime against humanity and genocide. In April 1940.