Red Army Massacre – Mass Graves in Russia

When I was in Kharkov, Ukraine, my host drove me up to the Russian border where we visited these mass graves. It was very eerie. This is the site of the Katyn Massacre, where the Red Army executed over 20,000 Polish prisoners, many of whom were senior officers in the military that were captured in 1939.

Those who died at Katyn included an admiral, two generals, 24 colonels, 79 lieutenant colonels, 258 majors, 654 captains, 17 naval captains, 3,420 NCOs, seven chaplains, three landowners, a prince, 43 officials, 85 privates, and 131 refugees. Also among the dead were 20 university professors (including Stefan Kaczmarz); 300 physicians; several hundred lawyers, engineers, and teachers; and more than 100 writers and journalists as well as about 200 pilots. In all, the NKVD executed almost half the Polish officer corps.[1] Altogether, during the massacre the NKVD murdered 14 Polish generals.

Mass Graves

Red Army Massacre - Jankowski thru Juraszxzyk

  • This image is strikingly beautiful. It conveys the sorrow of those lives lost.

  • Hi,
    I am Polish (currently living in TX). During your trip, have you made to Poland?

  • Thanks – no I have never been to Poland… I’ve heard it’s beautiful

  • You may be interested to know that there is a small memorial to the Katyn massacre in Toronto’s west end.

  • nyc

    There’s also a monument in Exchange Place, Jersey City. Here is a photo:

    I was passing by it today and noticed that they stuck a marble 9/11 plaque to it. I don’t really get the connection between the two events. It looked really out of place, being just “glued” to the pedestal.

  • GG

    Thanks for mentioning Katyn. It’s very important for me and all Poles. Russians were no better than Germans during WWII. The plan they made and executed assumed killing polish inteligence so they could slave polish society easier.

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