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Polish WWII deaths honored

September 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A senior Polish bishop speaking at a graveyard of more than 4,000 Polish officers killed by Josef Stalin's army in 1940 said Poland must forgive Russia for Soviet crimes in order to improve relations.

Soviet leader Stalin in 1939 clinched a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany that opened the way for the invasion of Poland and world war.

"The fate of those killed is already in the hands of God," Tadeusz Ploski, a Catholic Polish army bishop, told 250 prison guards visiting Katyn to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II. "But . . . the victims of Katyn will not rest in peace as long as the wrong done to them evokes dark feelings in us, as long as true reconciliation with the Russian nation is not our genuine priority."

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