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Katyń Museum

This museum documents the shocking events of 1940 when around 20,000 Polish officers were executed by their Soviet captors. The museum has a host of objects, documents and personal effects that have been recovered from the site near Smoleńsk, Russia. Unfortunately, its recent move inside the Polish Army Museum has not led to the addition of English translations so its tough to get more than a cursory understanding of the massacre here – the artefacts from the victims and a scrolling list of the victim’s names needs no explanation, but for those interested in better understanding this event we’re sorry to say that you’ll find Wikipedia more helpful than a visit here. 





Open 10:00 - 16:00, Wed 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue.

Price/Additional Info

Admission free.


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Lance Grundy
Great Britain
This moving exhibition in the Polish Army Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in twentieth century history. As explained above, the exhibits are signed in Polish only but, to be honest, they're self-explanatory so don't let that put you off visiting it if you're in Warsaw. The Katyn Massacre was one of the key events of the twentieth century and it has cast a very long shadow which stretches into the present day. I'd recommend you read either "Katyn 1940: The Documentary Evidence of the West's Betrayal" by Eugenia Maresch or Allen Paul's "Katyn: Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth Over Lies" before you visit and/or watch Andrzej Wajda's superb 2009 film "Katyn".
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