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Subject: Katyn: "On their heads be it..."


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"As if there had not been problems enough in drawing up an
indictment, the Russians at the last moment demanded that the
massacre of 925 Polish officers at Katyn be added. It was
breathtaking. They had never mentioned it before. Everyone
else was pretty certain that the Russians themselves had
murdered the Poles. All those anxieties about protecting the
Russians in particular against embarrassing evidence, all that
concern about avoiding accusations of _tu quoque_, and here
were the Russians wanting to deliver as large a collection of
skeletons as could have been found. The others tried to argue
the Russians out of their folly. They pointed out that there
were no witnesses to the Katyn murders who 'would meet the
high standards of credibility required in a criminal trial';
they pleaded that all the other prosecution evidence was from
German sources whereas this charge was backed only by a Soviet
government report. The Russians were adament. So on their
heads be it. The charge went into the indictment; the other
prosecutors made it quite clear they would play no part at all
in this section of the case. In a final twist, which only made
matters worse, twelve days after the indictment was signed the
Russians insisted on changing the number of Polish officers
killed to 11,000." (Tusa, 113)

                           Work Cited

   Tusa, Ann & John.  The Nuremberg Trial.  Birmingham, Alabama: The
   Notable Trials Library, Division of Gryphon Editions, Inc., 1990


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