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Meeting of Russian, Polish Leaders Could Shed Light on 1940 Massacre

The Washington Post

A historic meeting scheduled for Wednesday between top leaders of Russia and Poland is expected to provide new details about Russia’s mass execution of 22,000 Polish officers in the Katyn forest in 1940 and may open the way toward improved relations between the two countries.

The mass slaying of the Polish prisoners of war by the Soviet secret police is one of the darker and less known chapters of World War II, said Kyle Parker, a Russian expert and policy adviser to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, an independent U.S. agency that helps formulate American policy for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The mass graves were discovered in 1943 by the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces, after their defeat at Stalingrad.

The discovery caused a diplomatic crisis.
 

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