The 96-year-old Holocaust survivor was killed in a Russian attack, the memorial said

Romanchenko’s death was confirmed by the Buchenwald concentration camp Series tweets.

Romansenko survived from camps in Buchenwald, Beanumunde, Dora and Bergen-Belsen during World War II, the memorial said, “shocked” by the news of his death.

It said Romansenko “worked actively for the memory of Nazi crimes and was vice-chairman of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee.”

Boris’ granddaughter Yulia Romanchenko told CNN: “I learned from social media on March 18 that there was a shelling in the Saltivka residential area. I asked locals if they knew anything about my grandfather’s house. They sent me a video of the burning house. , So I could not go there immediately.

By the time Yulia arrives in the area, her grandfather’s house is “completely burned out – no windows, no balcony, nothing in his apartment.”

Buchenwald’s discovery began on April 11, 1945, the release of more than 21,000 prisoners from one of the largest Nazi concentration camps in World War II.

The official U.S. military account of the liberation called the camp “a symbol of the cold cruelty of the German Nazi state,” where thousands of political prisoners were starved and “others were burned, beaten, hanged and shot.”

In 2012, Romansenko attended an event commemorating Buchenwald’s liberation, where he read his pledge to “create a new world ruled by peace and freedom.”

In 2018, a Kharkiv newspaper reported that he had visited Buchenwald on the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp by US forces.

“The event was attended by the last remaining Buchenwald prisoners from Ukraine and Belarus – Boris Romansenko from Kharkiv, Oleksandr Pychok from Kiev and Andrei Moisenko from Minsk,” the report said.

The 96-year-old escaped from four camps during World War II and was killed in a Russian attack on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Friday.

Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian presidency, addressed a telegram about Romanchenko’s death.

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“This is what they call a ‘denunciation operation,'” he said, referring to Russia’s claim that its invasion of Ukraine was designed to protect the country from Nazi elements.

Boris and his granddaughter Yulia Romansenko.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said on Twitter that Romansenko’s death was an “unspeakable crime.”

“Hitler killed by Putin survived,” he wrote.

The northeastern city of Kharkiv has been the target of heavy missile and rocket attacks since the start of the Russian invasion, but has not yet been fully cordoned off, Ukrainian officials said Monday.

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