I didn't want to start a seperate thread, and didn't want this to get buried in politics.
In the background the other day, my stepfather was watching some show on Katyn, and it stated that when the Nazis had finished their investigation that "the Orthodox were allowed to take and bury the dead with proper rites." That peeked my ear and I looked and saw footage showing Orthodox priests (at least Eastern ones) going along long mass graves and blessing them. I'm curious why the Orthodox were the ones allowed to bury the dead, as the documentary showed that the Nazis knew that the killed were Polish officers and that identification was very easy as they were in their uniforms and all their official papers, letters, photographs etc. were intact on the bodies. Given the policies of the Polish Republic, I would have doubted that anyone of the officials was Orthodox. Since many of the Germans were communicants of the Vatican, and I presume that they had Vatican chaplans, not to mention the resident Polish Latin clergy, I wondered why they did not take the bodies for burial.