lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 23 11:28:21 MDT 2019
Let me start off by saying that David Walters made a good point by
referring to Hitler being just as anxious to wipe out the Polish officer
corps as Stalin. It’s like Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient
Express” with multiple suspects having both the motive and the means of
killing someone on the train who they all hated.
In the case of Katyn, there is no Inspector Clouseau to solve the crime
even though Grover Furr would have you think so. He even created a
website called “The Katyn Forest Whodunnit”
provides “irrefutable evidence that the ‘official’ narrative of "Katyn"
has to be false.” He invites people to read an article he wrote for
“Socialism and Democracy” in 2013 titled “The “Official” Version of the
Katyn Massacre Disproven?”
that must have been approved by editors in the same feckless manner
that allowed the Isaac Deutscher Prize judges to give an award in
Trotsky’s biographer’s name in 2014 to Roland Boer, a theologian whose
love of Stalin might even surpasses Furr’s.
Furr was on Marxmail for a couple of months maybe about five years ago
until I removed him for having no interest in the discussion here except
to get people to read his drivel.
I generally have zero interest in whatever this literature professor has
to say but was forced to respond to his attack on me that was published
in CounterPunch in 2017
He took exception to a review I had written of a narrative film about
the Holodomor in Ukraine titled “Bitter Harvest”
which I answered here:
turned out that the expert Furr relied on to absolve Stalin for starving
a million Ukrainians to death had also written articles absolving
England for the Potato Famine in Ireland and the famine in Bengal during
WWII. He sure knows how to pick ‘em.
Although I have no intention of taking apart what Furr has written about
Katyn since it would get in the way of more important research topics I
am involved with, I did read his “The ‘Official’ Version of the Katyn
Massacre Disproven?”. Much of it has the aura of serious research,
abetted no doubt by his ability to read Polish and Russian, the language
most of the important documents about Katyn are written in. Since my
only languages besides English are Spanish and a smattering of Turkish,
it would be impossible for me to refute him point by point.
I will leave it like this. His article is focused on a mass grave found
in the town of Volodymyr-Volyns‘kiy, Ukraine that supposedly backs up
the claim that Stalin authorized the executions of Polish officers.
Adopting the surgical gown that Jack Klugman wore as a medical examiner
in “Quincy, M.E.”, Furr offers irrefutable evidence that clears Stalin.
He writes that “all but a very few” of the shell casings found in the
graves were of German manufacture. This was the finding of the
archaeologists who examined the site. Since they were Ukrainians and
Poles, you’d have to assume that they were to be trusted. So, that would
cinch the case, no?
Of course, it would be necessary to read the report for yourself to
verify Furr’s claim. To start with, it is not online and even if it was,
you’d need to be able to read Polish to understand it unless you were
willing to put up with Google’s hit-or-miss translation.
However, what I did find was a Telegraph article from 2014 titled
“Stalin-era mass grave found in Ukrainian castle”
that states the archaeologists found cartridge cases from a TT pistol, a
Soviet sidearm, in the mass grave. Odd that such a scrupulous researcher
like Furr neglected to mention that, although it goes hand in hand with
other findings of his over the years, including the charge that Leon
Trotsky conspired “with fascists and his own followers within the USSR
to sabotage industry, transportation, and mines.”
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