The Polish film “KATYŃ” by Andrzej Wajda has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film!
The film was released in Poland this past September. There is speculation at imdb.com of a spring U.S. release (March/April/May?). I don’t know if this is true, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Katyń’s story centers around the imprisonment and subsequent massacre of over 15,000 Polish military officers at the hands of the Soviets in 1940 and four Polish families whose lives are torn apart. In 1943 the mass graves were discovered at Katyń forest by the German army but the Soviet Union continued to deny responsibility for the massacre until 1990. At that time, the Russians finally admitted that the Soviet secret police had committed the crime and killed over 22,000 Polish soldiers and intellectuals. Wajda’s father, Captain Jakub Wajda, was one of the officers murdered by the Soviets in Katyń. This is the first film to focus on this brutal and horrific event in Poland’s history.
Below is a trailer for the Film (with English subtitles):
To learn more about KATYŃ:
Official Movie Website
- An interview with Jozef Mackiewicz in the “Goniec Codzienny” (“Daily Herald”) from June 3,1943 about his visit to Katyń.
- Janina Dowbor Musnicki Lewandowska
The only woman (that we know of) who was executed at the Katyn massacre
- Katyń Family Stories
- Katyń Forest Massacre
- Katyń Forest Massacre at Wikipedia
- Katyń Memorial Wall
- National Katyn Memorial Foundation
- The Polish Karta Index of Repression
Includes the names of victims of the Katyń Forest Massacre from the three camps: Kozielsk, Ostaszkow and Starobielsk.
To help navigate the page: Nazwisko = Surname, Imie = Name, Imie ojca = Father’s name, Data urodzenia = Born, then from the Kategoria represji menu select a category, and click Szukaj = search
- Reminiscencje o Katyniu
Here you will find a video clip of Katyń‘s excavation and discussion (in Polish).
Click the little video camera to start playing the clip.