Soviet Invasion of Poland Commemoration 2016
The Magnitsky Act Initiative will be hosting a commemoration ceremony of the 77th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C. at 2PM on September 17, 2016
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Victims of Communism Memorial (intersection of New Jersey Ave. NW and Massachusetts Ave. NW)
On September 17th, participants will pay tribute to the victims of the Soviet invasion of Poland and the Katyn Massacre, as well as those victimized by the current threats of Putin’s Russia towards Eastern European countries.
On September 17th 1939, 16 days after Nazi Germany invaded Poland from the west, the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east under the slogan “Liberation of brotherly people”. The invasion and battle lasted for 20 days and ended on October 6th, 1939 with the two-way division and annexation of the entire territory of the Second Polish Republic by both Germany and the Soviet Union. The Soviets executed all the Polish officers they captured after the Battle of Szack on September 28th 1939. In the spring of 1940, the Soviet political police – the NKVD of the USSR – killed nearly 22,000 citizens of the Republic of Poland. Among them there were 14,500 prisoners of war – officers and policemen – from the camps in Kozelsk, Starobelsk and Ostashkov and 7,300 prisoners arrested in the eastern part of the Poland, occupied by the USSR.
Tentative Speaker Lineup:
Tanja Nyberg: Executive Director, Magnitsky Act Initiative
Marcin Żmudzki: Polish community activist
Viachaslau Bortnik: Vice-President, Belarusian American Association (BAZA)