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The Ghosts of Katyn

April 20, 2010

Kris Koterski in 3Quarks Daily:

I saw Andrzej Wajda’s Katyń when visiting Warsaw a couple of months after the premiere on September 17, 2007. I went to the cinema with my 79-year-old grandparents, my 51-year-old aunt, and my younger cousins, aged 23 and 25 at the time. We left the cinema, and sat down at a nearby cafe. I broke the silence first.

“So, what do you think?”

Katyń is the story of the thousands of Polish military officers executed by the NKVD in 1940 and the doubt and despair suffered by their families in the aftermath of the crime. The film received an Oscar nomination in 2008, probably on the strength of the final scene which shows the murders in some detail. [More]

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