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Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Katyn Massacre

Date & Time

Feb. 25, 2020
3:30pm – 5:00pm


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center

Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Katyn Massacre

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A joint Kennan Institute-History and Public Policy Program event.

In a series of mass executions in April and May 1940, Soviet secret police murdered an estimated 22,000 captive Polish military officers and soldiers, policemen, officials, intelligentsia and others. Conducted on the orders of Stalin’s Politburo, the events came to be known as the Katyn massacre after the Katyn Forest where the first mass graves were discovered. Two leading historians will discuss the history and collective memory of Katyn.

With support from the Polish Embassy in Washington, DC. A light reception will follow the discussion.

Hosted By

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program uses history to improve understanding of important global dynamics, trends in international relations, and American foreign policy.  Read more