In 1940 the Soviet NKVD, following orders of Stalin, assassinated to 22,000 Polish officers in the forest of Katyn. Year after year their compatriots remind them with a startling march.
This initiative, which takes place in early April – the murders were perpetrated in spring – since 2008, is called “Marsze Katyńskie” (Marches of the Shadows). The largest of them, the Marsz Katyński in Warsaw – which took place last Sunday – involved hundreds of reenactors uniformed like officers and chaplains of the Polish Army and also police and some civilians, escorted by other reenactors with uniforms of the Soviet NKVD, the infamous political police of Stalin, executor of the murders. The march run in silence. Polish officials show serious faces. They walk towards death.
Piotr Moos has published in his Facebook an excellent set of photos of the march of Warsaw. The ones I show in this post come from that set. In it we see that as the moment of execution approaches, the Polish officers bow with their hands tied behind their backs:
Shots are heard. The martyrs were killed one by one, shot at the nape of the neck. As they fall, a black veil – representing death – spreads over them:
In this video of Ryszard Jaz we can see the beginning of the march of Warsaw:
In the second part we see the moment the execution, after which the Polish officers quietly sing the Dabrowski’s Mazurka, the national anthem of Poland:
I dedicate this post as a memorial to those martyrs.
Cześć i chwała bohaterom!
Honor and glory to the heroes!
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