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lot # 1037 - POLAND Polish Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union

Tuesday Aug 10, 2021 10:00 to Wednesday Aug 11, 2021 16:00 America/New_York
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1939 (7 Dec) Russian 20k stationery card, sent Jan 25, 1940 from NKVD POW (requesting war clothing and sending Holiday Greetings to his family) Camp Starobielsk to Przemysl, with Soviet occupied Feb 2, 1940 arrival postmark, fine (In 1939, during the Russian invasion of Poland, some 14,500 Polish officers were captured and interned in three P.O.W. camps in the Soviet Union. The next time the world heard of these prisoners was a news broadcast on April 13, 1943, from Radio Berlin. It stated that the German Army had discovered mass graves at Katyn, containing the bodies of Polish officers. Eight graves were opened and 4,253 bodies exhumed. All were dressed in Polish uniforms, with badges of rank and medals intact. No watches or rings were found on the corpses. It was established that the bodies were of Polish officers from the camp at Kozielsk, situated in the grounds of a former Monastery, near Orel. Two other camps, at Starobielsk (3,891 men) and at Ostashkov (6,311 men) were wound up and closed in the first days of April, 1940. Whatever happened to these 10,000 odd officers has never been established. They were never seen alive again. From evidence obtained after the war, all prisoners of Kozielsk camp were shot by Stalin's NKVD)
Estimate: $150

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