Polish parliamentary speaker ends US visit, honours Katyn victims

Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek ended her visit to the United States on Wednesday as she met the Polish diaspora and laid flowers at a Katyn memorial in Jersey City.

Speaking at the Polish consulate in New York, Witek said Poles had contributed to the freedom and growth of the United States, quoting the examples of Kazimierz Pulaski and Tadeusz Kosciuszko.

Also on Wednesday, Adrian Kubicki, a former spokesperson for Poland's flag airline LOT, took over as Poland's consul in New York.

Earlier on Wednesday, Witek laid flowers at the Katyn Memorial in Jersey City.

This year Poland will mark the 80th anniversary of the 1940 Katyn Massacre, in which close to 22,000 Polish POWs were murdered at the hands of the Soviets in the Katyn forest, today's western Russia, during World War II.