National Katyn Memorial, Baltimore
Baltimore is a city of many immigrant neighborhoods. The Polish community is one of the larger immigrant groups in Baltimore. So its very appropriate to have a National Katyn Memorial in Baltimore. The memorial is dedicated to the memory of the Polish who died during the Katyn massacre in World War II. The memorial is similar in deisgn and theme to the Holocaust memorial in Baltimore. The memorial is in memory to the Polish who were murdered and also placed in prison by Stalin. Mass graves were found at three different camps in the area and the Katyn Memorial is dedicated to all three camps. Memorial services are held here at the National monument each year.
The memorial displays photographs of officers and other Polish martyrs who were murdered at the hands of Stalin. A white eagle, on the left hand corner, emerging from the flames symbolizes the country's rebirth.
This was the first stop on our walking tour, and I had to admit I was unaware of this piece of history. The memorial commemorates those Polish people who were rounded up by Stalin and brought to the Katyn forest and murdered in order to end the resistance to communism in Poland. The number killed was around 20,000.
A solemn story, and an impressive memorial to attract attention to it.
More information at http://www.katynbaltimore.com/massacre.html