US releases memos on Soviet massacre


WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from Poland and Polish Americans are celebrating the release of long classified U.S. documents on the 1940 slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers and prisoners in the Katyn forest on the western edge of Russia.

The U.S. National Archives released about 1,000 newly declassified documents on the massacre Monday.

Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur called the release a "momentous occasion" in an effort to "make history whole." The release was a result of her request for an executive order from President Barack Obama to declassify the long-secret records.

The documents lend weight to the belief that suppression within the U.S. government helped cover up Soviet guilt in the killing. The Soviets had accused Nazi Germany of the massacre.

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