Katyn Memorial In Jersey City

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Petition To Block Removal Of Polish Katyn Memorial Falls Short

July 24, 2018 - 11:38 am

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) -- A petition drive seeking to overturn a decision to move a statue honoring Polish World War II victims has fallen short.

The 34-foot bronze Katyn memorial shows a bound-and-gagged Polish soldier stabbed in the back through the chest by a bayonet. It was installed in Exchange Place in 1991, when Jersey City had a thriving Polish community.

Mayor Steve Fulop announced he wanted to move the statue because of a planned redevelopment of the waterfront plaza.

The Jersey City clerk says about 60 percent of the 95,000 signatures submitted were either not registered to vote in Jersey City or were not found in the state’s voter database.

The controversy has sparked strong emotions in Poland, where Katyn is remembered as one of the worst tragedies to befall the nation in a long tragedy-filled history.

Petitioners have until Aug. 2 to amend the signatures.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)