I think “Katyn” was a film necessary to enlighten the world about the terrible history of the double invasion of Poland during the II W.W. “Katyn” has a neat structure and a lot of the ‘tricks of the trade’. It’s a standard film for a not very-implicated audience, a soft film for American markets. So, it was nominated for Oscar in 2007. Nevertheless, it isn’t able to transmit the terrible hardness of the real story, even when some of the murders or the corpses are shown.
The Katyn massacre was a mass murder of 22.000 Polish military officers, policemen, intellectuals and civilian prisoners of war by Soviets in 1940. Stalin’s goal was the same as Hitler’s: to eliminate any possibility of reconstruction of free Poland after the victory, by killing the whole Polish intelligentsia. The Nazis used the discovery of the communal graves in the forest in 1943 as a part of their propaganda war against the Russian Empire. In the communist Poland, the pro-Soviet authorities covered up the matter, deliberately censoring any sources that might shed some light on the crime. The horrible shadows of the 20th century, coming to frighten us but also to give advices about the future.