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  • February 23, 1944

    U.S. Embassy Moscow Despatch No. 207, 'Investigation by Soviet Authorities of the Massacre of Polish Soldiers in the Katyn Forest, near Smolensk'

    Averell Harriman sends the accounts of his daughter and the Third Secretary of the Embassy who accompanied foreign correspondents to Smolensk to witness the Soviet Katyn investigations.

  • May 17, 1945

    Documents Section, Captured Personnel and Material Branch, Report No. 127, enclosing a Translation of a Polish Report Made by Lt. Col. Stefan Mossor on April 21, 1943 on the Katyn Woods Atrocities

    This translated document is an eye witness account and summary of a visit Stefan Mossor made to the mass graves in Katyn while he was a German POW.

  • June 21, 1948

    Counter Intelligence Corps Reports on the 'Katyn Forest Murders

    The U.S. Army investigates what happened in the Katyn Forest in 1940 using the accounts of locals, newspapers, intelligence, and diplomatic correspondence.

  • June 11, 1949

    Letter, Jiang Qing to Mao Zedong

    Jiang Qing writes to Mao Zedong about her health, developments in the Chinese Civil War, and the problems of Chinese Communist Propaganda.

  • October 30, 1954

    U.S. Department of State Intelligence Report No. 5678 Titled 'The Katyn Mass Graves'

    This intelligence report is a summary and timeline of the events concerning the Katyn Forest Massacre from 1939-1946.

  • January 09, 1957

    Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1957, No. 1 (Overall Issue No. 74)

    This issue features content on China's relations with Myanmar and Yugoslavia. It also has sections on preventing rural migration, regulations on issuing bonds for economic construction, propaganda for the forestry industry, folk arts and acrobatics, and statistics.

  • January 16, 1957

    Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1957, No. 2 (Overall Issue No. 75)

    This issue features content on China's relations with the German Democratic Republic, Bulgaria, and the Soviet Union. It also has sections on bonds for economic construction, the handicrafts industry, sports records and achievements, and heating in workers' dormitories.

  • January 22, 1957

    Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1957, No. 3 (Overall Issue No. 76)

    This issue features content on China's relations with Poland and Yugoslavia. It also has sections on instructions of the State Council on the livelihood of employees, the National Labor Institute around the 1957 Spring Festival, instruction of the Ministry of Supervision on commercial supervision work, and Tianjin's economic management.

  • January 28, 1957

    Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1957, No. 4 (Overall Issue No. 77)

    This issue features content on China's relations with the Soviet Union, Hungary, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. It also has sections on tax relief and loan assistance for poor production teams and military, prevention and treatment of Kashin-Beck Disease, the collection of revolutionary history archives, regulations on production, business, infrastructure, and Soviet activities, and village transfer and reassignment.

  • February 07, 1957

    Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1957, No. 5 (Overall Issue No. 78)

    This issue contains content on China's relations with Nepal. It also has sections on the demobilized soldiers, business and commerce, coal production, forestry, ideological and political education, and the 1956 natural science awards.

  • February 15, 1957

    Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1957, No. 6 (Overall Issue No. 79)

    This issue contains content on China's relations with Ceylon (Sri Lanka). It also has sections on the five year plan, cotton, construction bonds for farmers, electricity fees, rural commercial taxation, coal production, agricultural loans, and village name changes.

  • September, 1958

    'How to Run a Small Scale Brewery'

    Published by the Ministry of Light Industry, Zhu Mei's 'How to Run a Small Scale Brewery' (September 1958) introduced beer and beer making to Chinese audiences. Zhu's pamphlet also calls for the construction of hundreds of small scale breweries across China.

  • April 28, 1961

    Memorandum by General Staff of Defense (SMD) for Minister of Defense Andreotti, 'Chief of staff's visit to the US'

    Report of the head of the Italian defense department’s recent trip to the United States. Of importance was the discussion of NATO’s long-term plan (ten to fifteen years), the strategic defense of the Balkans, the maintenance of the United States’ NATO forces in Europe, and the need to push development of conventional weapons to avoid having to employ nuclear weapons.

  • December 04, 1962

    Report by Permanent Representative to NATO Alessandrini to Minister of Defense Andreotti

    Italy's permanent representative to NATO Alessandrini writes to PM Andreotti in preparation for the upcoming Paris summit. He shares general remarks about the state of the alliance and current issues in international relations focusing on the German question, Cuba, and Sino-Soviet relations.

  • April 26, 1965

    Report by Permanent Representative to NATO to Minister of Defense, 'Nuclear Problems'

    The document is part of a broad series of "Informative Reports" drafted by RICA and sent by Alessandrini to Andreotti (Minister of Defense), concerning the forthcoming meeting in London of the Atlantic Council at a ministerial level. With regards to nuclear problems, the document hopes for a gradual way out from NATO's current paralysis, through a process of integration, rather then the attempt to solve also these problems by mere coordination among the Allies.

  • February 20, 1966

    Report by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Nuclear Planning Working Group of the "Special Committee" (Washington, 17th-18th February, 1966), with a letter from Andrea Cagiati'

    Cagiati sends Andreotti a report about the meeting in Washington, which concluded Giulio Andreotti's period as Minister of Defense. Cagiati thanks Andreotti for his work, that made sure that "in this period the relationship between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense has been strong and efficient like never before". The report describes the meeting (the first meeting of this working group) and the viewpoints of the participants, with special attention payed to the US nuclear policy. The document describes also the fields which require further investigations by the Working Group. There are Cagiati's personal reflections too.

  • April 12, 1971

    Note, A. Gromyko to the CPSU Central Committee

    Gromyko describes "anti-Soviet propaganda" in the United Kingdom related to the Katyn massacre. He proposes that the Soviet Embassy in London make representations to the British Foreign Office.

  • April 15, 1971

    Excerpt from Minutes Nº 1 of the CPSU CC Politburo meeting of 15 April 1971, 'Concerning the Representation to the British MFA in connection with the Anti-Soviet CCampaign around the So-called “Katyn Affair”'

    The CPSU Central Committee calls on the Soviet Embassy in London to lodge a protest over a new BBC film about the Katyn massacre. The CPSU insists the massacre was perpetrated by the Nazis.

  • March 02, 1973

    Excerpt from Minutes Nº 80 of the CPSU CC Politburo Meeting of 2 March 1973, 'A Representation to the British Government in connection with the Anti-Soviet Campaign around the Construction in London of a so-called “Memorial to the Victims of Katyn”'

    The CPSU Central Committee directs the Soviet Embassy in London to lodge further protests concerning the discussion and memorialization of the Katyn massacre in the UK.

  • 1976

    The Katyn Affair (A Brief Memo)

    A Soviet record, probably dated from 1976, that offers an official CPSU stance on the Katyn massacre. The memo also describes various post-war "provocations" by the United States and other Western nations to bring attention to the Katyn massacre and inflame Soviet-Polish relations.