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The Katyn Massacre

 s_2017_02_20_0001_1.jpgIn 1990 the Polish Postal Authority issued a stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre.

 The Katyn Massacre occurred in April - May of 1940 in the Katyn Forest Prison camp and other locations in Russia.

 In March of 1940 Lavrentiy Beria, who was head of the Soviet Secret Police (NKVD), proposed that all captured members of the Polish officer corps should be executed.  The suggestion went to the Politburo including Stalin and was approved.

 It is estimated that roughly 22,000 people lost their lives during this massacre.  The victims were Polish military officers, police officers and "Polish Inteligista". 

 The mass graves of the victims was discovered by German forces in 1943.  The Russian government denied any involvement and blamed the German's for perpetrating the massacre in 1941.  The Polish government in exile immediately cut ties with Russia.

In 1990 the Russian government finally admitted that they were behind the massacre but decided that as Stalin and the others responsible were dead that there was no further action required by them.  

This stamp and the story behind its issuance is a prime reason why I love this hobby.  It allows us to explore history and historical events.


alynstampcollector · 265 days ago
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  •  angrybird: 

    Agreed, every stamp tells a story, and this is one I had not known about.

     261 days ago 
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