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Jun 03

A Screening of the Oscar-nominated Film <i>Katyn</i>

On August 24, 1939, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop signed the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact dividing Europe into Soviet and German spheres of influence. By that October, the Soviets occupied Polish territory and had taken prisoner thousands of Polish military officers, soldiers, police and intellectuals. When German troops moved eastward in 1943, they discovered the mass graves of 20,000 murdered Polish prisoners in the Katyn Forest.

Andrzej Wajda’s Oscar-nominated film is a searing depiction of the Soviet atrocity. Wajda’s Katyn illustrates the bonds of family, the search for the truth, and the crucial importance of remembering the past. Katyn was also produced under the honorary patronage of the recently-deceased President Lech Kaczyński and his wife, Maria Kaczyńska, who died tragically on their way to commemorate Katyn. Please join The Heritage Foundation in honoring their leadership as well as the victims of Katyn.

More About the Speakers

Helle Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy,
The Heritage Foundation

Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought,
The Heritage Foundation

Andrzej Wajda – Invited
Director,
Katyn