"The memory could not be destroyed." It is a force that can win against the apparatus of a totalitarian state. The memorial site restores the dignity of the victims and gives peace and a sense of justice to their descendants and relatives. That is why we are still fighting to find the missing victims, where their bodies are hidden and to give them the burial they deserve.  

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Today, the victims of the Katyn Massacre are buried alongside other Victims of the communist regime. The truth about Soviet repression is still negated, denied and relativised. The crosses put in Kuropaty serve as a proof of faith and hope. They signify the feelings that unite Poles, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Russians and other nations in the quest for truth and a dignified burial of family members.

The search

In the spring of 1940, families lost contact with their imprisoned relatives: the correspondence would be sent back, and questions about their fate remained unanswered. And yet, the memory survived for generations: today, the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the Victims of the Massacre are still looking for traces that would enable them to establish the date of death and the resting place. To this day, the fate of at least 3,870 Victims from the so-called Belarusian Katyn list remains unknown. Are their bodies buried in Kuropaty?

Listen to the voices

From letters addressed to the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding

as part of the project to reconstruct the Belarusian Katyn List

A comb with inscription

recovered from the death pits during the exhumation in Kuropaty

Read by Ian McQuillan-Grace

Konstanty Rdułtowski

Memories from Minsk prison

Read by Philip Lenkowsky