Wroclaw

Monument to the Victims of the Katyń Massacre

  Słowacki Park ,   Old Town         10 Apr 2019
Anyone who has an unindoctrinated knowledge of World War II history or who has spent more than 15 minutes in Poland, is probably familiar with the subject of this memorial which remembers the 22,000 Polish military officers, policemen, intelligentsia and POWs murdered by the NKVD on Stalin's orders in 1940. Designed by Warsaw sculptor Tadeusz Tchórzewski, the striking monument depicts the sword-wielding Angel of Death on a high pedestal over the figure of Katyń Pieta - the Matron of the Homeland despairing over the body of a murdered prisoner of war. Symbolic granite walls/graves flank the scene, with the names of the POW camps and places of mass murder inscribed on them. Anguished, terrifying and gruesome in turn, with detail down to the bullethole in the back of the fallen officer's head, this evocative monument was unveiled in 2000 and can be found in the park next to the Racławice Panorama.

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15.02.2014
Raquel Aguirre
Odessa, Texas
Plz read. Bet u didn't know either. May they never be forgotten
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