Fascinating and heartrending history of the USSR's mass murder of over a million Poles during World War II. Stalin carried out a deadly deportation of an estimated 1.2 million middle class Poles from Soviet-occupied eastern Poland, targeting teachers lawyers, shopkeepers, doctors (including several hundred thousand Jews) and shipped them in boxcars to Siberia. Only a fraction survived the journey and subsequent exposure, forced labor, and starvation. In addition, the Soviets slaughtered over 15,000 Polish officers and noncoms in the Katyn Forest. This carefully done book brings this once hidden story to life in compelling and effective detail. 390 pages with index.
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Powerful examination of Stalin's infamous WW II campaign against Poland's professional and middle classes, exemplified by the 1940 execution (denied by the Soviets until 1990) of most of Poland's officer corps in the Katy Forest and at still-unknown sites. The Katy Forest massacre, in which 15,000 Polish officers held by the Bolsheviks were shot by the NKVD, has become the ``complex symbol of Polish suffering at the hands of Stalin,'' argues Paul, who began his research at the Center for European Studies in Bologna, Italy, under the auspices of Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Advanced International Studies. Using US Congressional testimony released only in 1989, buttressed by extensive interviews with survivors, Paul claims to present the most definitive view to date of Katy, blending historical reportage with narratives of three families caught up in Stalin's crimes. Indeed, for 50 years the story was buried not only by the Soviets but by Western governments, which concealed knowledge of Soviet guilt to protect their relationships with the USSR. Paul presents evidence of Stalin's one-word written order, ``Liquidate,'' which led to the murders, then details Soviet attempts to deny knowledge of the atrocity and, later, to blame the Nazis for it (after the Germans discovered some of the mass graves, the Nazis sought to propagandize the crime in order to divide the Allies). According to Paul, Stalin even manipulated the discovery ``to deal the legitimate government of Poland a lethal blow'' and set up a puppet regime. Moreover, Paul says, during the war years, the Soviets deported to Siberia and other harsh climes more than a million middle-class Poles, many of whom ``perished from starvation, forced labor and neglect.'' Well researched and ably written: a fine and harrowing study. (Eight-page photo insert--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110684192152
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Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0684192152