Poland Mourns President, 95 Others
LIANE HANSEN, Host:
Here in the U.S., Chicago is home to the largest Polish community outside of Warsaw. Tadeusz Czajkowski is the president of the Alliance of Polish Clubs, based in Chicago. He says the tragedy has deeply affected Poles around the world.
M: It's tremendous, tremendous grief, tremendous sorrow. We have, as a Polish community, lost again for the second time - this time, 70 years later - a lot of our top officials, a lot of our top generals. We lost quite a few generals on that plane as well as people whose parents or grandparents are buried in Katyn. So again, it is a great loss.
HANSEN: It wasn't just political and military figures who lost their lives. A Polish artist was also on board the plane. Wojciech Seweryn was a Chicago-based sculptor who had designed a memorial to the Katyn massacre in suburban Chicago. He was one of the 97 people on the plane headed to the site of the Katyn massacre, where his father was killed 70 years ago.
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Correction April 12, 2010
Early audio versions of this story inaccurately identified the crash site as being in eastern Russia. The crash site is in western Russia.