Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In 1939, the Soviet Union in league with Nazi Germany attacked Poland taking into captivity thousands of its defenders. In 1940, after first being individually interrogated for potential political reliability, more than 20,000 military officers were then, one by one, brutally murdered, many being buried in mass graves in Katyn Forest near Smolensk, Russia.
Despite overwhelming evidence that the Soviets committed the Katyn massacre, they continued to deny the crime and to blame Germany. The United States and Great Britain essentially remained quiet about the issue until the Soviet Union admitted guilt in 1989. No one in the Soviet Union has ever been punished for this atrocity.
American Polania and its friends dedicate this monument as a permanent tribute to all mistreated prisoners of war, with the Katyn forest massacre serving as an extreme example. All are remembered here in prayer and reflection.
Jezeli Aapomne O Nich. Ty Boze W. Niebie Zapomnij O Mnie. • Should I forget them may God in Heaven forget me. —Adam Mickiewicz
Location. 39° 16.977′ N, 76° Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President Street Station (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baltimore Riot Trail (about 600 feet away); Baltimore Public Works Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Water Power: Baltimore's Economic Engine (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Baltimore Riot Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); Living Classrooms Foundation (approx. ¼ mile away); Seven-Foot Knoll Lighthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Frederick Douglass (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Leo The Great Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Coast Guard Cutter Taney (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
Also see . . . National Katyn Memorial, Baltimore, Maryland. (Submitted on April 28, 2008, by Carla Hazard Tomaszewski of Piney Point, MD, St. Mary's County.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Military • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II •
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