A Moment in TIME: The Katyn Forest Massacre

Ever since the discredited story of Germans cutting off the hands of Belgian children in World War I, U.S. citizens have viewed atrocity stories with a skepticism which does them credit. Last week the reports of the Communist atrocities in Korea were a reminder of an almost-forgotten atrocity, the Katyn Forest massacre, which is now under investigation by a committee of the U.S. Congress.

The Date of the Crime. The Katyn (rhymes with sateen) massacre was first reported by the Nazis in April 1943. On a spruce-covered hill overlooking the Dnieper, near Smolensk, Russia,...

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