He Survived Multiple Nazi Death Camps. At 96, A Russian Strike in Ukraine Killed Him


Boris Romanchenko, 96, endured unimaginable horrors and survived man’s inhumanity within the Nazi focus camps of Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora, and Bergen-Belsen, throughout World Conflict II.

However on March 18, Romanchenko was killed in his dwelling by a Russian strike on the Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv.

The Buchenwald focus camp memorial institute confirmed Romanchenko’s dying in a series of tweets.

Romanchenko was vice chairman of the Worldwide Buchenwald-Dora Committee, dedicating his life to preserving and preserving alive the historical past of Nazi crimes.

The memorial added that they have been “shocked” by Romanchenko’s dying.

Romanchenko’s granddaughter, Yulia, advised CNN that she “realized in regards to the shelling of Saltivka residential district on March 18 from social networks. I requested locals in the event that they knew something about my grandfather’s home. They despatched me a video of a burning home. I discovered about this after the curfew and due to this fact I couldn’t go there instantly.”

By the point Yulia managed to journey to her grandfather’s dwelling, she discovered his home “utterly burned down—there have been no home windows, no balcony, nothing in his residence.”

In 1942, the 16-year-old Romanchenko was taken to Dortmund, Germany, as a pressured laborer. After an tried escape the following 12 months, he was despatched to Buchenwald.

In response to the america Holocaust Memorial Museum, “between July 1937 and April 1945, the SS imprisoned some 250,000 individuals from all nations of Europe in Buchenwald. Actual mortality figures for the Buchenwald website can solely be estimated, as camp authorities by no means registered a major variety of the prisoners. The SS murdered no less than 56,000 male prisoners within the Buchenwald camp system. Some 11,000 of them have been Jews.”

From there, the younger Romanchenko managed to outlive the camps of Peenemünde, Dora, and Bergen-Belsen, earlier than his liberation in 1945.

In the course of the opening a session of Germany’s parliament on March 22, deputy speaker Katrin Goering-Eckardt paid particular tribute to Romanchenko and held a second of silence in his honor.

“His dying reminds us that Germany has a particular historic accountability towards Ukraine,” Goering-Eckardt mentioned. “Boris Romanchenko is one among 1000’s of lifeless in Ukraine. Each single life that has been taken reminds us to do every part we will to cease this merciless battle that violates worldwide legislation and to assist individuals in and from Ukraine.”

Romanchenko’s dying stays in stark distinction to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s latest declare that he’ll “denazify” Ukraine.

Simply seven years in the past, on the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald, Romanchenko participated in its commemoration, throughout which he learn “The Oath of Buchenwald.” 

The oath, first recited on April 19, 1945, ends with the promise to destroy “Nazism, right down to its roots” and “construct a brand new world of peace and freedom.”

On Monday, Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba said it succinctly on Twitter:

“Survived Hitler,” he wrote. “[M]urdered by Putin.”



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