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Ukrainian-Russian war, Boris Romanchenko died in Kharkiv: he had survived Buchenwald

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Ukrainian-Russian war, Boris Romanchenko died in Kharkiv: he had survived Buchenwald

Boris Romanchenko, 96, who died in Kharkiv, was considered by the Nazis a Ukrainian political prisoner as a Soviet “communist”, a survivor of the concentration camps, and was vice-president for Ukraine of IKBD, the International Committee of Labor Camp Survivors ( Kommando) by Buchenwald and Dora, according to the memorial site.

“After surviving in Buchenwald, Peenemunde, Dora Mittelbau, Bergen-Belsen, he was killed by a Russian missile launched at his apartment during the ‘denazification operation’. The new fascists continue Hitler’s work, ”the mayor of Lviv, Andrij Sadovyj wrote on his Telegram channel.

According to the memorial Romanchenko died in the apartment which burned down after being shot by the Russians. Born on January 20, 1926 in Bondari, near Sumy, he was captured by the Germans in 1942 and interned in Dortmund as a prisoner of war. He managed to escape but was recaptured, deported to Buchenwald and forced to forced labor in October 1943. For a time he was forced to collaborate with the Germans in the construction of the V2 ballistic missiles at the Peenemuende base, then transferred to the concentration camps of Mittelbau. -Dora and Bergen-Belsen.

After the war, he helped establish an aid network for former victims of the Nazi persecution in Ukraine. He participated in numerous commemorations of the Holocaust and Nazi persecutions, in which he wore the striped uniform with the red triangle sewn that distinguished political internees (like the yellow Star of David distinguished Jews, the yellow and red Star of David ” political Jews ”, the brown triangle for Roma and Sinti, the pink one for homosexuals, the violet one for Jehovah’s Witnesses and the black one for“ anti-social ”).

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The Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Foundation expressed “horror” at the news and recalled how in 2012 Romanchenko read the oath of the survivors of Buchenwald, which reads: “Building a new world of peace and freedom is our ideal!”

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