Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
When duty called they answered. When they refused the embrace of Stalin—they died. Now we commend them to the ages to be included amongst history’s martyrs.
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 Should I forget them may God in Heaven forget me. —Adam Mickiewicz
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
Location. 39° 16.977′ N, 76° 36.059′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in the Inner Harbor. Marker is at the intersection of President Street and Aliceanna Street, in the median on President Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Katyń Massacre, 1940 (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Katyń Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); President Street Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baltimore Riot Trail (about 600 feet away); Rouse-Flick Learning Tower (about 700 feet away); The Inner Harbor Water Wheel (about 700 feet away); Living Classrooms Foundation (about 700 feet away); Discover Little Italy: A Taste of the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baltimore Public Works Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Baltimore Riot Trail (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
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