The Michael Schwartz Library, in partnership with CSU's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Art Gallery, and Polish Studies Initiative, presents a historical exhibit, "The Destruction of the Polish Elite: Operation AB - Katyn" which sheds light on crimes perpetrated by the Third Reich and the Soviet Union at the beginning of World War II and poses questions about the scope of mutual cooperation between these regimes.
Maria Szonert Binienda, president of the Libra Institute, will hold a discussion on this historical event on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm near the exhibit area on the first floor of the Library.
The exhibit is divided into several thematic blocks. The first depicts the Soviet-German political and military alliance in the years 1939-1941, as well as the joint invasion of Poland, its partition and occupation, during which the cooperative powers introduced their destructive policy towards the citizens of the conquered country. The next sections present the two notorious criminal operations of 1940, first the Massacre in the Katyn Forests, and then the AB Operation*. Exhibit panels reconstruct preparations for the crimes, their course and the major culprits. The exhibit also presents profiles of several victims, including families that fell victim to both aggressors. Finally, the exhibit looks at the big picture of these operations, depicting their geographical range and documenting the lack of punishment for the vast majority of the Third Reich and the USSR officers responsible for these crimes.
This traveling exhibit was prepared by the Public Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance, Poland and was made available to Cleveland State University by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. It is located in the Michael Schwartz Library, first floor east, and is open during regular library hours. It will be on display through November 21, 2013.
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Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Galleries at CSU, 1307 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
North Gallery: Przemyslaw Jasielski
Site-specific installation – Creative Fusion Artist in Residence at the Sculpture Studio of the Art Department at Cleveland State University and hosted by The Sculpture Center.
The installation will be displayed from Friday, October 25 to Saturday, December 7, with a public opening reception on Friday, October 25 from 5:00-8:00 pm and Artist Talk at 6:30 pm.
RSVP by October 17, 2013 by telephone to 216-687-3660 or via email at CLASS.Alumni@csuohio.edu
Sunday, November 17 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Polish-American Cultural Center, 6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105
Join us for lunch and a talk by Przemyslaw Jasielski, CSU’s Visiting Polish Scholar. Lunch is $11.00 per person ($6.00 per child) and at 1:00 pm, join us for a special talk (talk only—free of charge).
To make tax-deductible contributions to the Cleveland State University Polish Studies, contact:
Director for Advancement,
College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences
To donate online, please click here and select "other" then type CLASS Polish Studies.