Lucyna and group,
What a sad artical. If someone told us in the USA not to observe
Sept. 11th for any reason I know what my goverment would say. I can
see the family member not wanting a circus and yet she could observe
in a silent way on her own. I can also see Poland trying to keep the
peace. I wish there was a place we could write with our support.
I wish Poland would stand proud and stand their ground. "Katyn" must
go on and to bow down to demands keeps Poland as a puppet with others
pulling her strings.
If only we all put our energy into letting Poland know we are here
and support a memorial on the terms Poland sets. If they did not feel
alone to defend the honor. Poland is not our size and needs our
backing. What can we do to help her get the respect deserves?
Carol Celinska Dove
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
, "Lucyna Artymiuk"
> Poland Postpones Katyn Ceremony After Protests
> Kaczynski brothers postponed a ceremony commemorating thousands of
Polish officers killed by the Soviets during World War Two.
> Poland's conservative ruling Kaczynski brothers postponed a
ceremony commemorating thousands of Polish officers killed by the
Soviets during World War Two after being accused on Thursday of
trying to politicise it.
> President Lech Kaczynski, whose brother Jaroslaw is campaigning for
re-election as prime minister in an Oct. 21 parliamentary poll, had
brought forward the ceremony marking the Katyn massacre to start on
Friday from next spring.
> But at the last minute the president decided to postpone it until
Poland's Independence Day on Nov. 11.
> "Unfortunately, the president's motives were falsely interpreted
and the ceremony was dragged into the election campaign," said
presidential aide Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka.
> "President Kaczynski could not allow such treatment of victims,
their families and the country's highest authority."
> The ceremony, during which over 13,000 names of victims will be
read out, had originally been scheduled to take place during the
anniversary of the 1940 killings by Soviet secret police in the
forest of Katyn, near Smolensk in western Russia.
> Victims' families protested against holding the ceremony in the
midst of an election campaign, in which the Kaczynskis' Law and
Justice party is playing a strong nationalist card.
> "I don't want the tragic death of my father ... to be made the
subject of political horse-trading during an election battle,"
Gabriela Puzdrakiewicz-Gizewska wrote in a letter, extracts of which
were published by Gazeta Wyborcza on Thursday.
> Protests were joined by Polish opposition parties and Oscar-winning
film director Andrzej Wajda, who recently directed a movie on Katyn
and whose father was among the dead.
> "I think this reflects not only my feelings but also of those for
whom the memory of this crime is part of the memory of their
families," Wajda said in a letter to the president.
> The president's office had said the ceremony was to be brought
forward to coincide with the release of Wajda's film and not because
of the election, being held two years early after the collapse of the
prime minister's rightist coalition.
> The Katyn massacre, which followed the partition of Poland between
Hitler and Stalin, remains a thorn in relations between Poland and
its former communist-era overlord. For may Poles, it remains an open
> Poland says a total of 15,000 Poles were killed near Katyn. Russian
officials and historians have disputed the figure.
> Warsaw has long pushed for Moscow to bring to account the
perpetrators of the massacre. Victims' families and prosecutors have
called for the killings to be treated as genocide.
> Poland's relations with Russia have been difficult since the
collapse of communism and got even worse after the Kaczynskis came to
power in 2005.
> Poland's readiness to host a U.S anti-missile shield has upset
Russia. Moscow is also upholding a ban on Polish food products which
Warsaw and the European Union say is politically motivated.
> Advancing Nazi troops discovered the bodies in mass graves at Katyn
in 1941. Soviet propagandists blamed the killings on the Germans and
only in 1990 did President Mikhail Gorbachev say the Soviet NKVD
secret police had been responsible.
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