Walter Duranty Denies Ukrainian Famine and Genocide

The job of an honest journalist is to climb to the top of a hill and shout, ‘Look what I see!’ no matter how messy or ugly. By Jacque White Kochak This article first appeared in The Auburn Villager My maiden name is White, and every three years the White clan holds an enormous family […]

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Katyn Declassified


More than 70 years following the Soviet-perpetrated genocidal massacre of the Polish elite, newly-declassified documents on Katyn reveal FDR’s callous indifference

By Paweł Piotr Styrna l October 12, 2012

Roosevelt’s decision to sacrifice Katyn truth at the altar of friction-proof relations with Moscow likely facilitated Soviet/Communist gains during the Cold War

On September 10, 2012, seventy-two years following the infamous Katyn Forest Massacre, the U.S. National Archives and Records announced the declassification of over 1,000 pages of records on the Soviet-perpetrated genocidal operation. The three-hour conference dedicated to the release of the documents took place on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The historic event was the fruit of long-time efforts by the Polish-American community—including the families and descendants of Katyn victims, the U.S. Katyn Council, and the Libra Institute—and featured a speech by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. The Democratic representative of Polish descent supported the initiative to publicize all available documents…

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Katyn – the ultimate triumph of truth


You have two sides, opposed to one another ideologically and in every other way.  Disputes between these two opposing forces are sharp, accusations fly, the blame game begins, the rancor escalates and the spin doctors work overtime to spew propaganda to gain favor with the public.  Truth becomes the casualty as the public seeks to understand how credible either side is in the debate.  Even if you’re aligned with one of the two parties, you still reserve a degree of skepticism for what is said by them. Your cynicism is well deserved because of each party’s record of distorting the truth.  You’re left wondering whom to believe, realizing that discerning the truth is very important yet difficult.

While the description above might seem to fit the current bickering in congress, that’s not what it refers to.  It refers instead to one of the greatest but least known tragedies of the…

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• Do Historians Hate Music?

On Polish Music

I’m a peaceable sort of chap, but occasionally my musical hackles are raised. Today, they’re up again, occasioned by the arrival in the post of Anne Applebaum’s just-published tome Iron Curtain. The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 (Allen Lane).  Anyone who knows me also knows that I’ve spent a good few years of my life exploring Polish music in this very period.  So for me to head straight for chapters such as ‘Homo sovieticus‘, ‘Socialist realism’, ‘Ideal cities’, ‘Reluctant collaborators’ and ‘Passive opponents’ is a totally predictable action, one undertaken I’m afraid more in hope than expectation.

The plain fact is that most historians seem not to like music.  Or, rather, they avoid writing about it if they possibly can.  Literature and the visual arts – fine, although even they are often poorly attached appendages.  Is it therefore a case of such historians believing that music has no…

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Does ‘We’re Sorry’ Cut It, Seventy Years Later?

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Last April, I received a letter from the Memorial Center in Moscow—an organization I contacted in hopes of tracking down additional information about my great-uncle Genek, who was deported from Poland in 1941, along with his wife Herta, to one of Stalin’s Siberian gulags.

A woman by the name of Olga Cheriepova, a member of the Memorial Center’s Polish Committee, sent two responses to my inquiry, one written in Russian, and one in Polish. She’d found a record of Genek’s name, she said, and prompted me to contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs for details. What struck me the most about her letter wasn’t the fact that Genek’s records did, in fact, exist; it was her closing statement. It read:

As citizens of the country that was responsible for harm toward Poland and the Polish people, please accept our words of regret for the suffering and injustice sustained by…

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