Prisoners of Germany and Prisoners of the Soviet Union
Fully one half of the Polish
soldiers captured by the
|This is the story of deceit on a grand scale,
the murder of millions of innocent people.
And then, at the last moment, their greatest
hope--that of returning home and building a new good life--is shattered
by overwhelming political forces.
|Twenty-two percent of the Polish population
at the beginning of the war died during the war.
Approximately 5.3 million Poles were murdered during the German occupation, half of these were Jews.
Joseph Smuga, a private in the Polish Army, attempted
escape through Rumania. His group was betrayed and turned over to the
Soviets. 120,000 Polish military personnel did escape to fight in France
later in the war.
These men are walking into the Soviet Union. About 250,000 Polish soldiers were taken. The officers were separated and most were killed at the Katyn Forest Massacre.