This year marks the 96th Anniversary of Poland's independence regained on November 11, 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austria-Hungary, Germany and Russia.
The program will recognize this anniversary by respecting the thousands of people who lost their lives in the struggle for independence during World War II and by acknowledging that such an atrocity can never happen again.
The evening will feature a special screening of an Oscar nominated film Katyń, presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Poland in Montreal and the University of King's College in Halifax. The film is the story about a mass execution of 22,000 Polish POW officers, intellectuals and clergy ordered by the Soviet authorities in 1940. The events of Katyń are portrayed through the eyes of families waiting for the return of their loved ones. The Nazis discovered the mass graves during their march on Moscow in the fall of 1941, but Soviet propaganda blamed the deaths on Adolf Hitler and punished anyone speaking the truth with harsh prison terms. In 1990, Moscow admitted that dictator Josef Stalin's secret police were responsible.
The screening takes place on Monday, November 17, 7:00 p.m., in Alumni Hall, University of King's College, 6350 Coburg Road.
Reception to follow.