Katyn massacre uncovered
13th April 1943: The Nazis publicise a Soviet atrocity committed early in the war - leading to decades of controversy
On the 13th March 1943 Berlin Radio announced that:
A report has reached us from Smolensk to the effect that the local inhabitants have mentioned to the German authorities the existence of a place where mass executions have been carried out by the Bolsheviks and where 10,000 Polish officers have been murdered by the Soviet Secret State Police. The German authorities went to a place called the Hill of Goats, a Russian health resort situated twelve kilometers west of Smolensk, where a gruesome discovery was made.
It was the start of a controversy that would remain unresolved until the end of the Cold War.
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