The mass murder of 22,000 Poles by the Soviet NKVD at Katyn is one of the most shocking events of the Second World War and its political implications are still being felt today. Information surrounding Katyn came to light with Russian perestroika, which made it possible to disclose a key document indicating the circumstances of the massacre. The bitter dispute is ongoing between the Russian and Polish governments, to declassify the rest of the documents and concede to genocide perpetrated by the Soviets. British 'Most Secret' files reveal that Katyn was considered as a provocative incident, which might break political alliance with the Soviets. The 'suspension of judgement' policy of the British Government hid for more than half a century a deceitful diplomacy of Machiavellian proportions. Katyn 1940 draws on intelligence reports, previously unpublished documents, witness statements, memoranda and briefing papers of diplomats, MPs and civil servants of various echelons, who dealt with the Katyn massacre up to the present day to expose the true hypocrisy of the British and American attitude to the massacre. Many documents are unique to this book.
Eugenia Maresch was born into a Polish military family, deported to Siberia in 1940 but saved by the Maisky-Sikorski agreement. She was educated in England where she settled in 1947. She is active in Polish literary circles and has co-written a number of books and documentary films. Her published works include: Polish Forces in Defence of the British Isles 1939-1945, Intelligence Co-operation between Great Britain and Poland in World War II and General Wladyslaw Sikorski, Poland's Wartime Leader. She lives in London.