May 11, 2010 - Issue: Vol. 156, No. 70 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 2nd Session
IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KATYN MASSACRE; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - May 11, 2010)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E808] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KATYN MASSACRE ______ HON. DENNIS J. KUCINICH of ohio in the house of representatives Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Mr. KUCINICH. Madam Speaker, I rise today in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre, when Soviet forces executed nearly 25,000 Polish military personnel and civilians including 4,443 military officers in the spring of 1940. In September, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland and imprisoned nearly 5,000 Polish military personnel. Polish officers were separated by the Soviet NKVD, the precursor to the KGB. The officers were systematically lined up, shot in the back, and buried in the Katyn forest near Smolensk. Thousands more Polish soldiers and civilians were taken to other sites to be killed. In 1990, Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev publicly admitted that the Soviet NKVD had ordered the execution of up to 25,000 Polish military members and citizens. Gorbachev's admission was a first step toward reconciliation between Poland and Russia; a process that continues to progress today. Madam Speaker and colleagues, please join in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the tragedy that became known as the Katyn Massacre. As the people of Poland and Russia continue the work of reconciliation, we must support their efforts and continue to work toward diplomacy and peace. Together, we can create a world where nations rely on the principles of diplomacy and peace to resolve conflicts. ____________________