AP Exclusive: Memos show US hushed up Soviet crime
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: In 1943 they saw rows of corpses in an advanced state of decay in the Katyn forest, on the western edge of Russia, proof that the killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area.
The testimony about the infamous massacre of Polish officers might have lessened the tragic fate that befell Poland under the Soviets, some scholars believe. Instead, it mysteriously vanished into the heart of American power.
National Archives page on Katyn: archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/katyn-massacre/
Randy Herschaft reported from New York. AP reporter Monika Scislowska contributed from Warsaw.
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