The Soviets transported hundreds of thousands to the Russian interior in at least 4 waves of mass deportations; many perished, many were jews. This was not known about or acknowledged until recently. Does this fact have a role to play in the public perception of the Holocaust.
The alleged fate of the Jewish people during the conflagration known as WWII is remembered every year on 27 January International Holocaust Remembrance Day" (Liberation of Auschwitz).
There are many other victims and tragic stories to be told; these human tragedies have become a "non-event", over shadowed by those who selfishly claim no one else suffered but they. It was not only they who were unceremoniously stuffed into cattle cars, transported long distances. There were others, all innocent, many dying, the final destination being a Russian Concentration camp.
During World War II, particularly in 1943–44, the Soviet government conducted a series of deportations. Some 1.9 million people were deported to Siberia and the Central Asian republics. (Wiki)
Route of people deported from Lithuania to remote regions of the Far East,
Eastern Poland was annexed by the Soviets 17 September, 1939; Poland was divided into two spheres of influence (German & Soviet), the Bug river being the demarcation line.
Some 320,000 Polish prisoners of war had been captured. The Soviet forces murdered almost all captured officers, and sent numerous ordinary soldiers to the Soviet Gulag. In one notorious atrocity ordered by Stalin, the Soviet secret police systematically shot and killed 22,000 Poles in a remote area during the Katyn massacre.
In total, the Soviets killed tens of thousands of Polish prisoners of war. Many of them, like General Józef Olszyna-Wilczyński, captured, interrogated and shot on 22 September, were killed during the 1939 campaign. On 24 September, 1939, the Soviets killed 42 staff and patients of a Polish military hospital in the village of Grabowiec, near Zamość. The Soviets also executed all the Polish officers they captured after the Battle of Szack, on 28 September. wiki
The Soviet NKVD sent hundreds of thousands of people from eastern Poland to Siberia and other remote parts of the Soviet Union in four major waves of deportation between 1939 and 1941. In the two years between the invasion of Poland and the 1941 attack on USSR by Germany, the Soviets arrested and imprisoned about 500,000 Poles. This was about one in ten of all adult males. Altogether the Soviets sent roughly a million people from Poland to Siberia although 1.2 million were deported in total; the rest being sent to Kazakhstan. Some authors have put the figure at 1.7 million (Polish at Heart).According to Professor and Historian Norman Davies, almost half had died by the time the Sikorski-Mayski Agreement had been signed in 1941.
The Soviet NKVD executed about 65,000 imprisoned Poles after being subjected to show trials.