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Katyn Monument

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“Katyn Monument” by artist Tadeusz Janowski is located on the west side of town where King Street West becomes Roncesvalles Ave and Queen Street West becomes The Queensway.  Located in a largely Eastern European neighbourhood, the large stone structure with a crack running through its centre initially led me to believe it was a tribute to the destruction of the Berlin wall. Upon further investigation I found that it was nothing of the sort.

The inscription on its side reads “In remembrance of fifteen thousand Polish prisoners of war who vanished in 1940 from the camps in USSR at Kozelsk, Ostashkov, Starobelsk. Of these over four thousand were later discovered in mass graves at Katyn, near Smolensk, murdered by the Soviet state security police.”

There are several monuments to the Katyn Massacre through out the world. The Wikipedia entry into the massacre can be found here, and an excellent article about the monument’s original font by Torontoist contributor Jake Bauming can be found here.  The Toronto monument is made of bronze and was erected in 1980.

photos by Shaun Merritt.


One comment

  1. Used to be European would be a more accurate description. There was some pro- Solidarity rallies there when the area was more Polish.