The Katyń Monument Will Not Be Moved

By John Czop

At their 19 December 2018 meeting, the Jersey City Council unanimously voted-up, 8-0, Ordinance 18-144, calling for Andrzej Pitynski’s Katyń Massacre Monument to remain in perpetuity where it now stands in Exchange Place, on the west bank of the Hudson River, opposite Freedom Tower in Manhattan.

This favorable vote marks the triumph of truth over incompetence and falsehood.  It shows that the tenacity and perseverance of Polish American activists and their coalition partners prevailed against their more powerful opponents. This gives all Polish Americans hope that on other policy issues we will be successful against our more powerful adversaries.  The key to future victories for us is forming coalitions with other groups which share our values, just as we did in Jersey City.

The leadership of Polish American Congress President, Frank J. Spula led to this victory.  President Spula remained steadfast when other Polish American leaders wavered.  From his April 2018 letter to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to the present, President Spula made it clear that:  the Polish American Congress wants Andrzej Pitynski’s powerful Katyń Monument to stay where it belongs, in Exchange Place for all to see.

Mr. Sławomir Platta, Grand Marshal of the 2018 New York/New Jersey General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee organized the successful petition campaign to overturn the Jersey City Council decision, of 13 June 2018, to move the Katyń Monument.

Please read on this web site Dr. Lucja Swiatkowska Cannon’s statement on the universal significance of the Katyń Monument.

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Polish Americans who fought against moving Katyń Monument in Jersey City.


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