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Friday, 11 August 2017

President honours victims of Soviet "Polish Operation"

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  |   "Tens of thousands of people were arrested, sentenced and either killed or deported to the east, often to die there", the President wrote in a letter read out by Minister Halina Szymanska "Tens of thousands of people were arrested, sentenced and either killed or deported to the east, often to die there", the President wrote in a letter read out by Minister Halina Szymanska "Tens of thousands of people were arrested, sentenced and either killed or deported to the east, often to die there", the President wrote in a letter read out by Minister Halina Szymanska "Tens of thousands of people were arrested, sentenced and either killed or deported to the east, often to die there", the President wrote in a letter read out by Minister Halina Szymanska "Tens of thousands of people were arrested, sentenced and either killed or deported to the east, often to die there", the President wrote in a letter read out by Minister Halina Szymanska

"All people speaking Polish and thinking Polish were the target of (Soviet) repressions in 1937 and 1938", President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter read out at the Monument to the Fallen and Murdered in the East in Warsaw on Friday.

 

"Tens of thousands of people were arrested, sentenced and either killed or deported to the east, often to die there", the President wrote in a letter read out by the head of his office, Halina Szymanska. He added that the victims did not come from the same social group and their attitude towards communism differed, and their only guilt was being Polish.

 

"For decades, this terrible crime was unnoticed even by historians in a jungle of other crimes. Only repressions against Polish communists were for long spoken about. (...)," the president wrote, stressing that the truth had been revealed owing to hard work of researchers and historians.

 

"(...) We owe them our remembrance. They did not choose their destiny, they did not die in a struggle, but they are proof that the identity of a nation is important. Let the sacrifice of our ancestors from 80 years ago oblige the present and next generations of Polish people to faithfully and actively love their Homeland, to preserve tradition and heritage, and above all, to take care of our sovereign state - the guarantor of freedom and security of the nation", the President stressed.

 

The so-called 'Polish Operation' was launched by Nikolai Yezhov, the head of the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, on August 11 1937, to "completely destroy Polish spy networks". This genocide claimed over 100,000 Polish lives. (PAP)

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