Explain this war-time statue to children? It's no more gruesome than the crucifix

by RAYMOND LESNIAK

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"Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it" is not an empty statement. That's why memorials like the Katyn massacre statue in Jersey City are dedicated.

Yet, Mike DeMarco, chair of the Exchange Place Special Improvement District wants the memorial removed because "I don't think the statue's appropriate for a major metropolitan area. It's a little gruesome. ... I can't imagine how many mothers go by and have to explain it to their children."

Memorials are designed exactly for that purpose: to explain history to children and adults. 

In April and May 1940, the secret police of the Soviet Union, led by Joseph Stalin, massacred 22,000 Polish Army Officers and the Polish multi-ethnic state intelligentsia which included Ukrainians, Belarusians, and Jews, including the chief rabbi of the Polish Army, Baruch Steinberg.  It's referred to as the Katyn massacre after the Katyn Forest, where some of the mass graves were first discovered.

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