Truth, they say, is the first casualty in war. Sometimes it's also the last.
Some seventy years after the Soviets and the Nazis signed a
treaty agreeing to invade Poland
and split the country between them, Colonel Sergei Kovalyov, a Russian
historian, recently published an article which appeared on the official website
for the Russian Ministry of Defense entitled "Fictions and Falsifications
in Evaluating the USSR's
Role On the Eve of World War II" in which he explains how the war as all
Good point. No doubt the the estimated 20,000 Polish army
officers captured by the Soviets during the war and subsequently massacred
have only themselves to blame. After all, they stuck their necks in front of
their killers' guns, didn't they?
Well, you can believe that or you can believe Andrzej Wajda, whose
shattering film "Katyn"
(that's the name of the forest
where thousands of the slaughtered were found in a mass grave), tells a
different story. But then again, Wajda is hardly an objective source, since his
father was among those slain.
Wajda also happens to be one of the world's greatest living
directors. The films he's made include "Kanal"
(1957), "Ashes and Diamonds" (1958) and "Man
of Iron" (1981), which are not only great movies but are also courageous
If you missed "Katyn" during its run last week at the
Brattle Theatre, you'll get another chance. They'll be screening it again this
summer so keep an eye on their schedule.
It's also available on