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KATYN: MASSACRE, POLITICS, MORALITY

Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Katyn Massacre

February 10 – 26, 2011
 
The exhibit prepared by the Council for the Protection of Memory, Struggle and Martyrdom in Warsaw, Poland
Presented by the Polish Club of Atlanta and Georgia Perimeter College

 


Katyn  exhibit will be on the display at the Jim Cherry Learning Resources Center (Georgia Perimeter College Library), 555 North Indian Creek Dr., Clarkson, GA 30021

FREE ADMISSION

Opening hours:
Monday-Thursday 8 am – 10 pm
Fridays 8 am – 4:30 pm
Saturdays 9 am - 3 pm
Sunday - closed

 

Showing of the the Oscar-nominated film “Katyn” by acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda with English subtitles, February 17, 2011 at 7pm, at Georgia College-Clarkston in the JCLRC auditorium. Seating for the film is free of charge and available on a first come first served basis.A reception and informal discussion will follow.

 


Remembering Katyn

On April 10th, 2010, a plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, Maria, dozens of other members of the Polish government, military and other dignitaries, crashed near Smolensk in Russia, killing all on board, including the late Andrzej Przewoznik, historian and author of this exhibit. Tragically, the Polish delegation died on its way to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. This solemn incident brought to light the case of mass killings of nearly 22,000 Polish nationals by the Soviet secret police.

 

After Germany's defeat of Poland and the Soviet invasion from the east in 1939, Stalin’s forces occupied eastern Poland and captured thousands of Polish citizens, including military officers, doctors, priests, teachers, and lawmakers. They were brutally murdered by Stalin’s secret police and hastily buried in trenches. In 1943, the Germans discovered mass graves in the Katyn forest in western Russia. The Nazis allowed international investigators to excavate the site. The evidence found pointed to the Soviets. After the end of WWII, the Katyn Massacre was covered up by many lies and for decades was surrounded by the aura of secrecy
 
The Katyn Exhibit in Atlanta

The Polish Club of Atlanta is planning to bring the Katyn exhibit to Atlanta in February 2011.  The exhibit, which consists of many panels illustrating and describing the tragic events of the mass killings of thousands of prominent Polish citizens by the Soviets in 1940, was put together by the Kosciuszko Foundation.  In recent months, it has been touring many American cities and has even shown in The Library of Congress in Washington DC.

 In our state, Georgia Perimeter College has agreed to host the exhibit in its library in Clarkston.  The educational character of the location will encourage local student participation as well as spark the interest of greater Atlanta community, giving them the opportunity to learn more about that very tragic part of Polish history.   We are planning an opening with a short overview of the Katyn events, the showing of the film “Katyn”, and a panel discussion featuring the Polish and American community and students.

 The admission to the Katyn Exhibit will be free of charge, but the costs of shipping the exhibit materials will amount to about $4,000.

 In order to make this possible, we are appealing to our Polish community in Atlanta and everyone who wants the world to know the truth about the Katyń massacre for financial support of this very ambitious and important endeavor.

 This historical event cannot take place without your help.

If every family in our town would donate at least $10.00, our goal could be very quickly achieved.  Every dollar counts.

 WE KNOW WE CAN COUNT ON OUR POLISH COMMUNITY IN ATLANTA 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

 Individuals, businesses, and organizations that support this event will be included in the official exhibit program as sponsors.  The following are the levels of sponsorship:

Friend of PCA - $50 and up

Contributor - $100 and up

Bronze Sponsor - $300 and up

Silver Sponsor - $650 and up

Platinum Sponsor - $1,000 and up

Diamond Sponsor - $1,500 and up

All donations are tax-deductible.

How to donate:

By mail - The Polish Club of Atlanta, PO BOX 621, Roswell, GA 30077 (“Katyn”)

Via Internet - www.polishclubofatlanta.org

Every few weeks the Club will update the amount of funds raised

 

 


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