Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Filip Mazurczak in Crisis Magazine Honors Polish Heroes

Filip Mazurczak in Crisis magazine honored three Polish heroes: Jan Karski, Witold Pilecki, and Zdzislaw Peszkowski. The article title is "Remembering Polish Catholic Heroes of World War II." 


"ZdzisĹ‚aw Peszkowski (1918-2007) was one of the few who survived" the Katyn Massacre. 

"Born into an aristocratic, patriotic family, Peszkowski enlisted in the Polish Army. Having miraculously escaped a Soviet POW camp for Polish soldiers, Peszkowski joined the 2nd Polish Corps. After the war, he escaped to the West, studying at Oxford and becoming a priest in the United States.

It wasn’t until Gorbachev that the Soviets admitted their culpability for Katyn, for decades blaming the crime on Germany. When the wartime Polish government-in-exile asked for the Red Cross to investigate Katyn, the American and British governments, who needed Stalin to defeat the Nazis, chastised the Poles. As a priest, Peszkowski traveled far and wide lecturing on Katyn. He authored many books on the topic and fought for a dignified burial place for Katyn victims. Whereas the Soviets and their Western admirers spread propaganda against Peszkowski, he prayed for forgiveness for the Soviets. Since Peszkowski’s death, there have been calls for opening his cause for beatification."

Read the full article here

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