Katyn– the Soviet massacre of over 21,000 Polish prisonersin 1940 – has come to be remembered as Stalin’semblematic mass murder, an event obscured by one of the mostextensive cover-ups in history. Yet paradoxically, a majority ofits victims perished far from the forest in western Russia thatgives the tragedy its name. Their remains lie buried in killingfields throughout Russia, Ukraine and, most likely, Belarus. Todaytheir ghosts haunt the cultural landscape of Eastern Europe.
This book traces the legacy of Katyn through the interconnectedmemory cultures of seven countries: Belarus, Poland, Russia,Ukraine, and the Baltic States. It explores the meaning of Katyn assite and symbol, event and idea, fact and crypt. It shows how Katynboth incites nationalist sentiments in Eastern Europe and fostersan emerging cosmopolitan memory of Soviet terror. It also examinesthe strange impact of the 2010 plane crash that claimed the livesof Poland’s leaders en route to Katyn.Drawing on novels and films, debates and controversies, this bookmakes the case for a transnational study of cultural memory andnavigates a contested past in a region that will defineEurope’s future.
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About the Author
Alexander Etkind is Reader in Russian Literature and CulturalHistory at the University of Cambridge.
Rory Finnin is Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies and Chair of theCambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies at theUniversity of Cambridge.
Uilleam Blacker is MAW Postdoctoral Research Associate at theUniversity of Cambridge.
Julie Fedor is MAW Post-Doctoral Research Associate at theUniversity of Cambridge.
Simon Lewis is a PHD candidate at the University ofCambridge.
Maria Mälksoo is Senior Researcher at the University ofTartu, Estonia.
Matilda Mroz is Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at theUniversity of Greenwich.
Table of ContentsContentsList of ContributorsAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsList of FiguresA Note on Translation and TransliterationMapTimelineIntroduction: Remembering KatynChapter One: Katyn in PolandChapter Two: Katyn in KatynChapter Three: Katyn in UkraineChapter Four: Katyn in BelarusChapter Five: Katyn in the Baltic StatesChapter Six: Katyn in RussiaChapter Seven: Katyn in KatynCoda: ‘Katyn-2'Bibliography