Katyn Memorial Complex, Smolensk
(4.3/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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  • Organized a weekend trip, train "swallow", 4:00 road, and here you-Hello, Smolensk! "Katyn" was standing in compulsory plans to visit in the early morning we have on the site. Took a personal tour, there were two of us, stupid hope that will be interesting and more frankly-informative! Not fate. I read a lot about this dark history of different sources and am not an adept of "penitential official version" of events, because many unanswered questions of varying degrees of heat for disputes. "Ex" promoted precisely the theme "pray and Kaisha" consulting read Polish (!) authors. Trying to get answers to a few questions when she really took that led her, I would say, even a bit angry than I was surprised a lot and soon lost all interest in the "narrative". Finally nailed me two! One of them read that "Nagan-respected weapons in the NKVD (the Poles performed in German), and the second is simply" masterpiece ": the postwar road shield with the inscription:" Here in the Katyn forest .... " in the spirit of the times called "the propaganda slogan"! Ndjajajajajajajajajajajaja ... .... All large mass grave, Smolensk given two concentration camps and execution places with pointers and so here it is called. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +: Total spent on inspection about two and a half hours. Visit should and must, but if you know about this place, slightly larger than the Andrzej Wajda, get ready for "small surprises". While waited the taxi sped Museum-not worth the time, isn't that complemented the picture of the purchase at the ticket office, ticket to visit the WC! But it had already been a trifle.
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  • Memorial complex «Katyn» put in first place among sights of Smolensk. And would recommend all to baseline visit. "Katyn" is a monument to victims of political and military reprisals. In this place the Russians suffered from the Russians, the Poles from the Russians, the Russians against the Germans. There is not a nation, as belonging to a country (it is called "sovetstkie"), because among the victims was a real international. Executions are carried out with 30-ies of the 20-th century until the year 1943. In this place were executed on the order of 4.5 thous. Polish officers (from Kozel'skogo camp), over 6.5 thousand. Soviet citizens during Stalin's repressions and 500 Soviet prisoners of war, respectively, during the German occupation. "Katyn" is about 20 km from Smolensk, pointers, how to get there. Memorial near the same village is located in a beautiful forest and he himself very qualitatively made. At the entrance to Museum (entrance fee, better visit consisting of trips), then walk to the ritual grounds, and then dividing by the Russian and Polish part of the cemetery. In the Russian part of the large graves, 9-track pass the special Boardwalk, not on the ground, because not all burials were found in this place (it's clear that executions were committed anonymously and secretly). In the Polish part of the increasingly clear-there are 6 common graves and 3 separate, where the generals were buried. In addition to the graves here are the so-called altar complex with the names of those executed (some candles and flowers). Besides graves represented included crosses (Orthodox and Catholic), signs of belonging to different religions, Bell. Near the entrance is a special layout of the wagon, in which prisoners were transported in those years, stands with historical information and photographs, as well as a chapel. About such a place does not say "I liked it, but this is a good example of how you can honor the memory of the fallen without excessive pathos, but strictly, solemnly and at memorable manner.
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  • well, well ... This is for fanatics and families anymore. Here are the Polish grave well-attended shows relatives visit, photos hang
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