Wojciech Seweryn, 70, an artist and influential member of Chicago’s Polish community, was among those killed en route to Katyn in the plane crash on April 10. Seweryn designed and constructed the Katyn Memorial Sculpture at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Nile, Illinois, which was inaugurated in 2009. Seweryn’s father was a Polish POW who was killed at Katyn. Born in Poland, Seweryn was trained at the Krakow Academy of Art, and emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. Local residents laid flowers and candles at the monument in Seweryn’s honor.
There are several memorials to the victims of Katyn throughout the United States. A golden statue, known as the National Katyn Massacre Memorial, is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Detroit has a monument at St. Albertus Roman Catholic Church in the form of a small white stone cross with a plaque, erected by Polish-Americans in the area. In Jersey City, New Jersey, there is a statue at Exchange Place near the Hudson River. Another memorial is located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, at the Veteran’s Cemetery of the National Shrine of our Lady of Czestochowa.