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Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.  Seventeen days later, the Soviet Union also attacked Poland, occupying the eastern half of the  country.  Over the next 21 months, the Soviets executed an estimated 20,000 Polish military officers and government officials.  They also deported more than 300,000 Poles to labor camps in Siberia.  This Soviet reign of terror in Poland came to an end only when Nazi Germany turned on its one-time ally and invaded the USSR in June 1941. 

Many of the captive Poles were released after this to join the allied forces battling Germany.  But thousands of others never emerged from the Soviet prisons and labor camps. 

Among the victims of these Soviet attrocities were a Polish Army lieutenant named Rudolf Gasior, his young wife Danuta Buczak, and their infant son Zbisha.