Surviving Katyń

Pages: 400
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld

Surviving Katyń

Stalin's Polish Massacre and the Search for Truth

Jane Rogoyska

9781786078926 (15 Apr 2021)
RRP £20.00 / US$30.00

The Book

The Katyń Massacre of 22,000 Polish prisoners of war is a crime to which there are no witnesses. Committed in utmost secrecy in April-May 1940 by the NKVD on the direct orders of Joseph Stalin, for nearly fifty years the Soviet regime succeeded in maintaining the fiction that Katyń was a Nazi crime, their story unchallenged by Western governments fearful of upsetting a powerful wartime ally and Cold War adversary. Surviving Katyń explores the decades-long search for answers, focusing on the experience of those individuals with the most at stake - the few survivors of the massacre and the Polish wartime forensic investigators - whose quest for the truth in the face of an inscrutable, unknowable, and utterly ruthless enemy came at great personal cost.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 400
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Historian and biographer Jane Rogoyska is the acclaimed author of Gerda Taro: Inventing Robert Capa. She has a particular interest in the turbulent period from the 1930s to the Cold War in Europe. Her research into the Katyń Massacre led to her first novel, Kozłowski (long-listed for the Desmond Elliot Prize) and Still Here: A Polish Odyssey which she wrote and presented for BBC Radio 4.


'A gripping reconstruction of one of the most gruesome and haunting crimes of the Second World War. Jane Rogoyska's sensitive yet dispassionate use of the harrowing evidence provided by victims, perpetrators and survivors makes for utterly compelling reading, and lays bare its toxic legacy.'

- Adam Zamoyski, author of Poland: A History