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The Destruction of the Polish Elite – Operation AB – Katyn – Now on Display
The Destruction of the Polish Elite – Operation AB – Katyn – Now on Display

The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library welcomes the Polish Mission exhibition, Operation AB – Katyn. The installation is on display from Monday, December 2, 2013 through Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library.  Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.

About the Exhibition: Operation AB – Katyn is a multi-panel educational project that aims to shed light on the cooperative efforts of Nazi Germany and the U.S.S.R. to systematically exterminate the elites of the Polish population in WWII. Using never-before-seen photographs and avant-garde scholarship, the panels are an invitation to learn about the horrendous crimes against the Polish people, and to raise questions about accountability for actions. Those crimes perpetrated by the Soviet Union, described collectively as the Katyn Massacre, have never been prosecuted.

The Orchard Lake Schools is proud to support the educational efforts of IPN by creating a multimedia display to support the exhibition that features original footage from the 1991 Katyn memorial ceremony and additional artifacts from the historic collections.  Among the rarest are several small items that were exhumed from the mass graves at Katyn.  The artifacts are presented symbolically on a bed of exactly 6,311 spent bullet casings, symbolizing the 6,311 victims of the massacre, taken specifically from the Ostaszków camp in 1940.

The Polish Mission is proud to welcome Captain Emil Kornacki (VM) (Ret.) to be the most distinguished host of the exhibition.  Cpt. Kornacki was interred at the Ostaszków camp, and narrowly escaped execution in 1940 at the age of 19.  Following his escape, he went on to join the Polish Army and was eventually awarded the Virtuti Militari in 1944 for gallantry at the Battle of Monte Cassino.  In that same year he received the Krzyż Walecznych (Cross of Valor) for gallantry at the battle of Montefortino. The Virtuti Militari is equivalent to America’s Congressional Medal of Honor, and the Krzyż Walecznych is equivalent to America’s Silver Star.  Cpt. Kornacki is the last known survivor of the Katyn Massacre in North America.

 

 

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