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Katyn: A Dubious Qualification (further to the article by Karol Karski)
Katyn: A Dubious Qualification (further to the article by Karol Karski)

Author(s): Patrycja Grzebyk
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Katyn

Summary/Abstract: Although access to documents providing evidence of the communist’s crimes is still difficult to gain, there is no doubt today that the scale and nature of the abuses committed by the communists match (or, indeed, surpass) the Nazi’s crimes. The foremost differences between the Nazi regime and the communist one are in the manners in which they identified their enemies (the Nazis used the notion of “race” while the communists used an equally nebulous term, “class”1) and exterminated them (the Nazis killed in an “industrial” way, e.g., with gas chambers, while the communists preferred “traditional,” or “more primitive” methods, such as murder by pistol shot or starvation2). Significantly, unlike the Nazi’s crimes, a large proportion of which were tried, the perpetrators of the communist’s crimes have never been brought to court, and in many cases their actions have not even been condemned by the appropriate authorities and their victims have yet to be rehabilitated.

  • Issue Year: 20/2011
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 38-57
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English