While wandering to the North Corridor I took a couple of photos that put architectural features together in an interesting way.
What became apparent from viewing the exhibit is that Katyn was not an isolated incident. There were many other similar efforts going on.
The controversy associated with Katyn is that the Soviets were reponsible, but from the end of World War II to 1989 the official Soviet message is that the Nazis were responsible. This was easy to believe because the Nazis were also undertaking such initiatives. The exhibit includes a quote from Himmler advocating first the extinction of the Kashubians (the ethnic group from Poland who came to Minnesota), the Jews, and also the Ukrainians and Belorussians, the Gorale (Tatra Mountain People), and the Lemkos, and then finally anyone else in Poland.
The descriptions of what happened and the numbers of persons who were killed is overwhelming. To put human faces onto this event, the exhibit includes stories of three groups related to each other somehow.
Here is Janina Dowbor-Muscinka. It is easy to see why an invading government would be threatened by this person. Both she and her sister, Agnieska, were caught up in the murders of the Polish intelligentsia.
And it was good, too, to glimpse the St. Paul Cathedral through the trees.