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Katyn

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Katyn is the name of both a village and a forest near Smolensk, Russia.

Katyn Forest in the Soviet Union became known as a mass-murder site when, in April 1943, the Germans announced the discovery of mass graves of 4,000 Polish officer POWs who had been executed there in April and May 1940. The graves had been concealed by planting trees. Altogether, about 22,000 Polish citizens, many of them priests and intellectuals, were murdered by the Soviets during the mass murder that later became known as the Katyn massacre. A great number of earlier mass graves of victims of the Soviet system have also been found there, as Katyn Forest had long been used as an execution site for Soviet citizens.

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