The Katyn Massacre was committed in utmost secrecy between April and May 1940. On the order of Joseph Stalin, nearly 22,000 Polish prisoners or war were executed. For nearly 50 years, the Soviet regime maintained that the massacre was a Nazi atrocity, before finally admitting responsibility in 1990.
Join Jane Rogoyska and Carolyn Kirby as they discuss the Katyn Massacre with Roger Moorhouse. They will consider the experience of individuals affected by the killings and consider the decades-long quest for answers that ensued.
Jane Rogoyska recently published the non-fiction history Surviving Katyń and has previously published Kozłowski, a novel about the massacre. Carolyn Kirby is the author of When We Fall, a historical novel that engages with the Katyn Massacre.
This event is sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute.
About the speakers
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 Katyn Massacre of the Second World War led to her first novel, Kozłowski (longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize), and Still Here: A Polish Odyssey which she wrote and presented for BBC Radio 4. Her new book is a non-fiction project about Katyn. Surviving Katyń is published by Oneworld.
Carolyn Kirby is the author of two novels. The Conviction of Cora Burns was longlisted for the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award and shortlisted for the Specsavers Debut Crime Fiction Award. When We Fall, published in May 2020, was chosen by The Times as one of the best novels of 2020. Carolyn studied history at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in social housing and as a teacher.
Roger Moorhouse is a historian and author specialising in modern German and Central European history, with particular interest in Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and the Second World War in Europe. A visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw, he is also the author of a number of books on modern German history, including Killing Hitler, Berlin at War, The Third Reich in 100 Objects and The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941. He is a regular commentator in the specialist and general press, and a consultant for film and television. He is the author of First to Fight: The Polish War 1939.