Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur issued a formal announcement today that the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration will formally open to the public a newly declassified compilation of Katyń documents in September.
"Almost seven decades have elapsed since the Soviets committed these crimes," Kaptur said, "and it is long overdue for all U.S. records to be made public."
In 1940, the Soviet secret police was directed by Joseph Stalin to systematically murder approximately 22,000 Polish military officers, prisoners, and intellectuals in the Katyn Forest and several other locations on the territory of the former Soviet Union. A U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee was tasked in 1951 with conducting an investigation into the Katyn atrocity and concluded that the Soviets were responsible for the Katyn mass murder.
Congresswoman Kaptur stated that: "The victims, their families, and the American people deserve full access to these historic documents."
At the urging of Congresswoman Kaptur, a pro-active search and declassification was recently coordinated by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration for all Katyń related documents held by various government agencies, and they declassified all documents they were able to locate.
"We are happy that yet another batch of documents related to this horrific crime against the Polish nation will be available to the public," Charge d'Affaires of Poland Maciej Pisarski said.
The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, will lead a presentation along with the National Archives' National Declassification Center on their findings at a public event when the Congress reconvenes on Monday September, 10th. The event will be held from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Congressional Meeting Room North in the United States Capitol Building.
Documents will be posted online by the National Archives and Records Administration in coordination with this event.
Attached is the official notice to the public and a joint statement issued by Congresswoman Kaptur and the Polish Embassy in Washington.