Saturday, April 10, 2010

In Solidarity with Poland

Horrible. My prayers and thoughts are with President Lech Kaczynski, Anna Walentynowicz, and all those who lost their lives in Russia while honoring the victims of Katyn. Requiescant in pace. My condolonces and prayers for their families. Poland the world mourns with you.

Katyn massacre claims more victims wrote Laurie Bennett shortly after the news of the plane crash that killed Poland's president Lech Kaczynski and much of Poland's leadership in Russia as they traveled to honor the memory of the victims of Katyn. A historic crime that still reverberates through history to the present day. 22,000 Polish officers captured by the Soviets during the 1939 invasion of Poland [ part of a simultaneous invasion by both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union - agreed to in the Molotov Ribbentrop non-aggression pact

There is the crime itself: the murder of the Polish officer class on the orders of Josef Stalin and the denial of the crime for a half century. The film Katyn by Andrzej Wajda, son of one of the officers murdered on Stalin's orders at the Katyn forest directed it. A trailer is available below.

Among the dead, Anna Walentynowicz, dubbed the 'Godmother' of the Polish Solidarity movement. Her firing in August of 1980 at the Gdansk ship yard led to a series of strikes that paralyzed Poland and led to the formation of Solidarity. The men and women on the flight that crashed were people who sought to remember and not forget Katyn.

The movie Strike!(2007) is a fictionalized version of her story. Below a trailer for the film:

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