Holocaust survivor dies in Russian bombing of Ukraine home

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BERLIN (AFP) – Mr Boris Romantschenko, who survived 4 Nazi focus camps throughout World War II, has been killed by Russian shelling that struck his flat in the Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv, the Buchenwald Memorial basis mentioned on Monday (March 21).

He was 96 years outdated.

“It is with dismay that we have to report the violent death of Boris Romantschenko in the war in Ukraine,” the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials basis mentioned in an announcement.

Romantschenko died at home on March 18 after his constructing was bombed in the closely shelled jap metropolis, the assertion mentioned, citing info from his son and granddaughter.

Describing him as “a close friend”, the muse mentioned Mr Romantschenko was dedicated to educating others concerning the horrors of the Nazi period and had been vice-president of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee.

Mr Romantschenko was born right into a household of farmers in Bondari, close to the Ukrainian metropolis of Sumy, on January 20, 1926.

Although he was not Jewish, he was taken by German troopers when he was 16 years outdated and deported to the German metropolis of Dortmund in 1942 to work as a pressured labourer, as half of Nazi intimidation ways towards the Ukrainian inhabitants on the time.

A failed escape try landed him in the infamous Buchenwald focus camp in 1943.

He additionally hung out in the camps of Peenemuende, the place he was pressured to assist construct V2 rockets, and in Mittelbau-Dora and Bergen-Belsen.

“This is what they call the ‘operation of denazification’,” mentioned the top of Ukraine’s presidential workplace, Mr Andriy Yermak, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s broadly disbelieved declare that ridding Ukraine of Nazis was one motive for Moscow’s invasion.

“The whole world sees Russia’s cruelty,” Mr Yermak added.

The Buchenwald Memorial mentioned Mr Romantschenko’s demise “shows how dangerous the war in Ukraine is, also for concentration camp survivors”.

The basis mentioned it had partnered with 30 different remembrance teams and associations to arrange an “aid network” to assist former Nazi victims in Ukraine, together with via donations of meals and medication.

It additionally plans to supply sensible assist to survivors fleeing Ukraine by choosing them up from the Ukrainian border or discovering them lodging in Germany.

There are nonetheless some 42,000 survivors of Nazi crimes dwelling in Ukraine, in keeping with the help community.

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