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1/4/2013--Introduced.Honors the memory of Poland's President, national leaders, and cultural leaders who were killed in the April 2010 plane crash at Smolensk, Russia. Expresses: (1) sympathies to the... Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Jan 4, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Jan 4, 2013

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RESOLUTION

Honoring the memory of Poland's President, national leaders, and cultural leaders who were killed in the tragic plane crash at Smolensk, Russia on April 10, 2010.

Whereas Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people, including Poland's First Lady, deputy foreign minister, deputy defense minister, dozens of members of Parliament, the chiefs of the army and navy, other chiefs of the Polish armed forces, and the president of the national bank, were killed when the President's airliner, a Tupelov TU-154M, crashed near Smolensk, Russia on April 10, 2010; Whereas Anna Walentynowicz, the former dock worker whose firing in 1980 sparked the Solidarity strike that ultimately overthrew the communist government of Poland, was also killed in the crash; Whereas Ryszard Kaczorowski, who served as Poland's final president in exile before the country's return to democracy, also perished in the crash; Whereas Chicago suffered the loss of a respected artist when Wojciech Seweryn, whose father was killed in Katyn, died in the crash; Whereas this tragedy occurred as the Polish delegation was on its final approach to land in order to attend an historic ceremony to publically commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre of 1940; Whereas, in 1940, the Soviet secret police, the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), was directed by Joseph Stalin to systematically murder approximately 22,000 Polish military officers, prisoners, and intellectuals; Whereas, on September 18, 1951, the House of Representatives established the Select Committee to Conduct an Investigation and Study of the Facts, Evidence, and...

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Bill Summary

1/4/2013--Introduced.Honors the memory of Poland's President, national leaders, and cultural leaders who were killed in the April 2010 plane crash at Smolensk, Russia. Expresses: (1) sympathies to the people of Poland and the families of those who perished in the crash, (2) solidarity with the people of Poland and all persons of Polish descent, and (3) support for the government of Poland as it works to overcome the loss of many key public officials and as it continues to seek information regarding the crash.

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