Memos show US hushed up Soviet crime

In the early years after the war, outrage by some US officials over the concealment inspired the creation of a special US Congressional committee to probe Katyn. In a final report released in 1952, the committee declared there was no doubt of Soviet guilt, and called the massacre "one of the most barbarous.'

It found that Roosevelt's administration suppressed public knowledge of the crime, but said it was out of military necessity.

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