Operation AB – Katyn: The Destruction of the Polish Elite

The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools is hosting the final stop of the traveling exhibit Operation AB – Katyn: The Destruction of the Polish Elite at the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library on the campus of the Orchard Lake Schools, located at 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake MI, 48324.  The exhibition will be on display from November 27 through December 14, and is presented in partnership with the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.

The Polish Mission will display several never-before-seen artifacts from the Katyn massacres in support of the exhibition, and will unveil over 4,000 spent bullet casings to symbolize the victims of the initial Katyn executions.

The exhibition is part of an educational campaign to raise awareness about the systematic destruction of the Polish elites, carried out by the NKVD of the Soviet Union, and the General Government of Nazi Germany.  Immediately following the outbreak of WWII, Polish professors, military officers, politicians, authors, and individuals with higher education were targeted for secret extermination.  The exhibition raises questions about the accountability for these crimes and makes a point to emphasize that the massacres carried out by the Soviet authorities have never been prosecuted.

The exhibition presents a teachable educational program.  St. Mary’s Preparatory teacher Shannon Harris will incorporate the exhibition’s message into the formal WWII History curriculum.

Created by the Public Education office of the Institute of National Remembrance of the Republic of Poland, the exhibition has formerly been to Columbia University, The University of Michigan, and The Polish embassy in Washington DC.  After its stop in Orchard Lake, the exhibitions will return to Poland.

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Comments

  1. I am delighted that you are hosting this exhibition. My grandfather died in the Katyn massacre and my grandmother was deported to Siberia with her two children. My father got out after 2 years with Ander’s Army, but Babusia (grandmother) was kept for 16 years including 10 years hard labour in the gulags. Hence the name of the website 3650daysinthegulag.com describing her inspiring memoir which tells the stories of the many friends she made while the cold and the hunger are kept to the background.

    • jjprzewozniak says:

      It’s wonderful to see that your grandmother’s story is kept alive through your work, Peter. You should come visit!

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