‘The Officers Wife’ UK Premiere At FACT
In 1940 my dad took off from central Europe in a training plane and six months later found himself flying over the Thames in a hurricane defending a different country from the invaders of his.
My uncle however was not so lucky.
As an officer in the Polish army, he was taken by the then Soviet command and along with 8,000 other officers and intelligentsia never seen again.
The story doesn’t end there, as the Soviet security forces rounded up Polish police, politicians, and government officials amassing to 22,000 people and murdered them.
The victims were murdered in the Katyn Forest 12 miles west of Smolensk near the NKVD (Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del) or Secret Police headquarters.
Some time later the government of Nazi Germany announced the discovery of mass graves in the katyn Forest in 1943.
The Soviet Union claimed the victims had been murdered by the Nazis and continued to deny responsibility for the massacres until 1990, when it officially acknowledged and condemned the perpetration of the killings by the NKVD, as well as the subsequent cover-up.
In November 2012, the Russian government approved a declaration blaming Stalin for ordering the massacre.
On Thursday 20th September at 6.30pm Picturehouse At FACT, Liverpool will show the UK Premiere of ‘The Officer’s Wife’ with a question and answer session organised by the films director Piotr Uzarowicz who will be there in person on the night.
Representatives of the Polish government will also be present on this night.
For historians and academics this film creates a moving story that weaves dramatic interviews with bold animation about a family caught in the cross-fire of the Soviets and Nazis and the lifelong repercussions that followed.