Monument to the Victims of Katyn

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Park Slowackiego, Wroclaw, Poland

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Monument to the Victims of Katyn Aug 02, 2014
In spring 1940, 22,000 Polish officers, policemen and other prisoners from three POW camps were murdered in Katyn, Miednoje and Charków by a shot into the back of their heads. The mass murder occurred on Stalin's orders. „Katyn“ has become the synonyme of this war crime. About every Polish city and town has some kind of memorial. I found the one in Wrolaw particularly impressive, though.

The monument has been erected in 1999 upon initiative of an association of the victim's families. The main figure is a grieving woman holding a dead man in her lap. The man's head shows the deathly hole from the bullet. The woman is desperately looking up to the Angel of Death who is standing high above her on a stone pillar, leaning on a sword. Death's face is shadowed by a hood and appears ragged, but somehow stern and emotionless: What has to be, has to be. Just like the kneeling woman the spectators look up to Death, trying to look into his face, feeling helpless in the presence of this merciless power.

This monument has deeply moved me.

Somehow the hooded figure of Death matches my imagination of the Dementors in the Harry Potter novels (minus the wings).

Location: Park Słowackiego, a few steps from Museum Narodowe (National Museum)
Monument to the Victims of Katyn
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Mourning the dead man
The Angel of Death
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