June 5, 2001 |
Investigators in Poland completed a partial exhumation of a mass grave of Jews killed by Poles in 1941, the prosecutor supervising the operation said. The exhumation, in the northeastern town of Jedwabne, began last week as part of a government probe launched after a book described how Poles, not Nazi troops, killed as many as 1,600 Jews there.
May 25, 2001 |
With the main rabbi of the Polish capital watching, workers removed soil Thursday from a mass grave of Jews in preparation for an exhumation to determine how many people died. Poland's Jewish community reluctantly accepted the government's decision to exhume the bodies of Jews massacred nearly 60 years ago in the northeastern town of Jedwabne as part of an inquiry that also will examine whether anyone should be criminally charged.
August 1, 1990 |
Poland says a member of the Soviet secret police who signed the order for the World War II massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn forest is still alive and should be interrogated, the PAP news agency reported in Warsaw. It is alleged that Pyotr Karpovich Soprunenko, then a major in the secret police, signed the list of 4,200 officers ordered to be executed at Katyn in the spring of 1940. Justice Minister Aleksander Bentkowski said Soprunenko is living in Moscow.
April 15, 1990 |
Polish President Wojciech Jaruzelski went to the Katyn Forest on Saturday and paid tribute to the thousands of Polish army officers killed and buried there by the Soviet Union's secret police during World War II. His visit came one day after the Soviet government reversed nearly 50 years of official denial and admitted committing the massacre. The Soviet Union had long blamed Nazi Germany.
April 14, 1990 |
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, seeking to defuse the single biggest issue poisoning relations between the Soviet Union and neighboring Poland, gave Polish President Wojciech Jaruzelski documents Friday that showed that Soviet secret police killed thousands of Polish army officers during World War II and buried them in mass graves in a Russian forest.
March 22, 1990 |
Josef Stalin's executioners, acting on his orders, massacred 15,131 Polish officers in the Katyn Forest in 1940, a Soviet newspaper said Wednesday in an article based on previously secret KGB archives. The expose in the weekly Moscow News was the first published admission of the systematic slaughter in the Russian region that has soured Soviet-Polish relations for five decades. The story contradicted previous Soviet claims that Adolf Hitler's Gestapo agents committed the World War II killings.