Over 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia were killed by the Soviet Union in the Katyn massacres of 1940.
The 1940 Katyn massacre saw 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia murdered by the Soviet secret police.
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The site will commemorate the Augustów roundup, during which thousands of Poles were detained and at least hundreds killed.
The wartime chest was discovered accidentally in a field, 75 years after it had been buried.
Local prosecutors claim the plaque “does not reflect the actual truth”.
Poland hopes to organise a state delegation to Smolensk in Russia to commemorate the tragedies.
The historian recalls his participation in commemorations of the Katyn massacre, days before the Smolensk plane crash.