By Janusz Niemczyk – Special to POLONEZ Canadian – Polish News
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Katyn massacre in 1940 of Polish officers remembered in Toronto
TORONTO – (April 13, 2020) A modest ceremony took place on behalf of the Polish-Canadian community at the Katyn Memorial in Toronto.
Founder of The European Club of Canada—Marek J. Goldyn, paid tribute to the approximately 22,000 Polish prisoners of war who were executed in the Katyn forest 80 years ago.
The execution took place on the order of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1940 and carried out by the NKVD—the Soviet secret police.
Included were 8,000 military officers, 6,000 police officers, 2,000 medical officers, and many members of the Polish intelligentsia.
The Soviet Union claimed German troops committed the massacre in 1941. In 1990, the Soviet Union finally admitted the NKVD was responsible for the mass execution.
The Katyn Memorial Monument is located at the crossroads of Roncesvalles Avenue and King Street West in Toronto.
Janusz Niemczyk is a Polish- Canadian journalist based in Toronto and a Member of The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada.