- April 13 is the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Katyn Massacre
- “The act of genocide, which was the Katyn massacre, continues in our historical memory as a painful wound and a warning” – emphasized Andrzej Duda
- “The highest authorities of the Soviet Union recognized them as irreconcilable, dangerous enemies of the Soviet empire and ordered them to be murdered” – wrote the president, writing about the murdered Poles
- According to him, “the memory of that terrible hecatomb of our national elite today unites all Poles”
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The Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Katyn Massacre is celebrated every year on April 13.
“Every April 13, we especially honor the memory of nearly 22,000 Poles who fell victim to the monstrous communist crime against peace, humanity and the Polish nation. The genocide act, which was the Katyn massacre, continues in our historical memory as a painful wound and a warning” – he stressed Andrzej Duda.
He recalled that after September 17, 1939 “over half of the territory of the Republic was under the occupation of the USSR”. “Nearly 250,000 Polish prisoners of war were taken into captivity. The officers held the longest detention in the NWKD. Although imprisoned, they remained faithful to their homeland and kept the honor of a soldier of the Republic of Poland” – we read in the message.
“The highest authorities of the Soviet Union recognized them as intransigent, dangerous enemies of the Soviet empire and ordered them to be murdered,” stressed the president.
He also recalled that “in April and May 1940, more than 14,500 officers of the Polish Army, Border Protection Corps, Border Guard, State Police and Prison Service, and with them at least 7,305 people were killed by shots in the back of the head. civilian “. “The dead were secretly buried in nameless, mass graves near the villages of Katyń, Miednoje, Piatichatki and Bykownia – as well as in other, unknown places” – added Duda.
As he emphasized, “they were killed only because they were Polish patriots”. “Because they swore to defend independent Poland and were ready to serve it with their daily work.”
“Among the 21 857 shots were professional officers of the Polish Army and reservists called up under arms: 107 scientists, lecturers of Polish and European universities, 1040 teachers of secondary and general schools, over 700 engineers, over 900 doctors and pharmacists, directors of clinics and hospital ward heads, over 700 lawyers – judges, prosecutors and lawyers, nearly 6,000 police officers and other uniformed services, several dozen clergymen “- indicated the president.
“Inventors, entrepreneurs, officials, artists, athletes and journalists died. Faithful to various Christian denominations, Judaism and Islam,” wrote Duda.
According to him, “the memory of that terrible hecatomb of our national elite today unites all Poles.” He pointed out that “there are active social organizations commemorating the Katyn Massacre and its victims”, and “since 2007, the Katyn Massacre Remembrance Day is a Polish public holiday”. “The streets, squares and schools named after them, monuments, commemorative plaques scattered all over the country, as well as occasional marches and numerous cultural events are an expression of honor for the Katyn masses.”
As he added, “after 2010, the commemoration of the Katyn massacre was intertwined with the memory of the tragically deceased members of the state delegation going to the 70th anniversary of this crime, headed by President Lech Kaczyński.”
“Our memory of Katyn is a moral duty and a great obligation to serve our homeland. The victims of this crime have left us a testament of unwavering, proud patriotism. Their attitude inspired successive generations of those who by joint effort won a free and sovereign Poland,” stressed the president.
“Today we continue their work. Our common ideal is an independent and safe, prosperous and just, modern and guarding its identity. Let Poland’s comprehensive development, prestige and prosperity be a tribute to the heroic fidelity of its best daughters and sons – especially those who gave life behind her “- wrote Andrzej Duda.
“Honor and glory to the victims of Katyn! Eternal memory of the fallen and murdered defenders of the Republic of Poland!” – added.
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