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During the height of the Soviet Union there were so many things that were covered up or down right erased by the Soviet regime. But the nature of the Katyn Forest Massacre is another matter altogether. Of all the mass graves discovered, the one found in the forest of Katyn near Smolensk that was comprised almost entirely of Polish officers tells a chilling but revealing story about the tactics and mindset of the Soviet Union during World War II. 4,443 Polish officers were executed in 1940 in that forest and their death were covered up by the government of the Soviet Union until 1992 under the term of Gorbachev.
The mass execution was an order from Stalin as a way of further enforcing control over the invaded Poland of the time. After Poland’s partitioning between Germany and the Soviet Union, the Soviet Union went on a campaign that it insisted was freeing Ukrainian and Belorussian people from the ‘Polish oppressors’. This involved the arrest of several Polish citizens and then directing them towards internment camps. These camps proved to be expensive which itself presented the easier solution of mass execution.
What really sets this mass execution and grave apart from the other 16,000 other locations was how vehemently denied by the Soviet government even in the wake of a Red Cross investigation. This was also compounded with the lack of support for the Polish forces by the Red Army when they had become part of the Allied forces. The utter disrespect of the Polish people by the Soviet Union has left a mark that is exemplified by the Katyn Forest Massacre. The Soviet Union government spent so long outright denying and lying to the Polish government of the time and giving no respect for their dead left a sour relationship in the aftermath of the war. The tactic of denying their mistakes and massacres in the aftermath to the global community set Russia apart as a country and gave an air of distrust that still lingers in the global community today.
- (images): http://soviethistory.msu.edu/1943-2/katyn-forest-massacre/katyn-forest-massacre-images/