Thank you for posting this article! As stated in it, both the
Soviets and the British had a motive to dispose of Gen. Sikorski who
demanded a free and independent Poland as well as an investigation
into Katyn. As I said in a previous post, the overall feeling as we
crossed the Straights of Gibraltar was that Churchill, as another
appeasement to Stalin, gave that order.
By the way, my copy of Katyn arrived and I can tell you that the
last part of the film was so heart wrenching that I could barely
watch it. So those of you who haven't seen it yet, keep a box of
BOZENA Florida, USA
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "Elizabeth" <elzunia@...> wrote:
> Something you might all find interesting in the Telegraph today
> A Second World War murder mystery featuring Winston Churchill, the
> British double agent Kim Philby and Joseph Stalin could be solved
> after the Polish government called for the body of a national hero
> be exhumed.
> General Wladyslaw Sikorski, the leader of Poland's wartime
> in exile, died 65 years ago this month when his plane plunged into
> the sea off Gibraltar.
> A British inquiry in 1943 found that the crash was caused by the
> plane's controls jamming. But rumours persist of a plot to kill Gen
> Sikorski, whose defence of the Polish national cause threatened to
> derail Britain's relationship with the Soviet Union.
> Now Poland's president, Lech Kaczynski, and his prime minister,
> Donald Tusk, have demanded that Gen Sikorski's body be exhumed from
> its tomb in Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, the traditional burial place
> of Polish heroes. "The tragic circumstances of the death of General
> Sikorski should be explained," said the president.
> Moves to exhume Sikorski's body follow a long campaign by Polish
> historians, who claim that it was not examined properly before
> burial. They claim that he might have been killed before the crash,
> in which his daughter also died, and only the pilot survived. In
> particular, they want an examination of his skull to see whether he
> was shot.
> The general's death has attracted a swarm of conspiracy theories,
> which variously accuse British, Soviet and even rival Polish
> of orchestrating his murder.
> But the most insistent rumours suggest that his death was ordered
> the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, incensed by Gen Sikorski's demand
> for an investigation into the Katyn massacre of Polish officers by
> Soviet troops.
> Stalin's accusers claim that Gen Sikorski's plane was left
> on the runway at Gibraltar, and could easily have been sabotaged.
> They also point out that on the day of the crash, July 4, 1943, a
> plane carrying the Soviet ambassador Ivan Maisky and a small
> of Soviet troops parked next to the doomed Polish leader's aircraft.
> Allegations of a plot by the Soviet Union, determined not to let
> Polish nationalism get in the way of communist expansion after the
> war, have been further fuelled by the presence on Gibraltar of Kim
> The notorious spy was in charge of British intelligence operations
> the territory from 1941 to 1944. The crash occurred 20 years before
> he defected to Russia, but he is thought to have been a double
> from the start of the war.
> Investigators have also pointed the finger at the British wartime
> leader Winston Churchill. In 1967 the German dramatist Rolf
> suggested in the play Soldiers that Churchill was so anxious over
> Sikorski's impact on ties with Stalin that he ordered the
> Performances of the play were at first banned in Britain. Two years
> later Harold Wilson, briefed on the case, told the House of Commons
> such rumours should be "dismissed and brushed aside with the
> they deserve".
> In his defence, Mr Hochhuth referred to the memoirs of the Yugoslav
> vice-president Milovan Djilas, who said Stalin warned that the
> British might try to kill Tito as they had Sikorski.
> However, in declassified papers from 1969, the former pilot Sir
> Cooper reviewed the wartime inquiry into Sikorski's death and
> concluded that "the possibility of Sikorski's murder by the British
> is excluded".
> "But," he added, "the possibility of his murder by persons unknown
> cannot be so excluded."
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