- Hello, August 4, 2005, issue of Rzeczpospolita has an article on the original German report of their 1943 discovery of the Katyn graves. The report has beenMessage 1 of 1 , Aug 4, 2005View Source
August 4, 2005, issue of Rzeczpospolita has an article on the original German report of their 1943 discovery of the Katyn graves. The report has been known and available since its original publication; however, this is an original copy kept in Poland (at a great risk, I might add) by professor Tadeusz Praglowski who took the most famous photo of the graves where Father Jasinski and Praglowski are looking at the open graves. No one but Dr. Praglowski's family knew that he was present during the investigation, that he took the photograph, and that he had the original report. Before his death in 1983, Dr. Praglowski gave the report to his student, professor Dr. Nasilowski who offered it to IPN one year ago. IPN did not respond. Today (might I add, after media reports) IPN has stated that they would be glad to receive it. The book/report is over 300 pages long and includes photos and copies of the documents found on the officers. The Russians stole the officers' watches and rings but left paper documents and personal letters on them (my mother recalls that in her uncle's case, the Germans found a letter and a business card/wizytowka on him).
For archival and historical purposes, nothing is more valuable than original documents. Only originals can be authenticated. It should be noted that Russia has not provided any originals to Poland--only copies.
Hala--Hermosa Beach, CA, USA