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Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Yesterday, the A-Level class from the Polish school in Amersham had their first literature and film lessons. The subject of study was "Katyń", directed by Andrzej Wajda – a profoundly dramatic film that delves into one of the most tragic historical events of the Second World War: the massacre of 22,000 Polish officers and intellectuals by the NKVD in the spring of 1940. This event's sorrow deepens when we acknowledge that the truth remained concealed by the Polish communist regime for nearly half a century. During the lessons, the students explored the gradual fabrication of the Katyn falsehood by the authorities, which led to the suppression of truth from the public domain. Additionally, they reviewed concepts such as moral dilemmas, the Gulag, concentration camps, and the significance of Antigone – as she represents one of the most potent motifs within the film.

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