Survivor of the Holocaust died at the age of 96 in a Russian attack in Ukraine

(CNN) – Boris Romansenko, 96, an escapee from the Holocaust, was killed in a Russian attack in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Friday.

The Buchenwald concentration camp memorial confirmed Romanchenko’s death in a series of tweets.

According to the agency, Romansenko escaped from the camps of Buchenwald, Beenemunde, Dora and Bergen-Belsen during World War II. He further added that the company was “shocked” by the news of his death.

He noted that Romansenko “worked hard to commemorate Nazi crimes and was vice-chairman of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee.”

Boris Romansenko (second right) at the Buchenwald Memorial in 2015

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

According to the official U.S. military account of the release of the concentration camp, it was “a symbol of the cold-blooded brutality of the German Nazi state,” where thousands of political prisoners starved to death and “others were burned, beaten, and hanged.” And was shot. “

Romansenko’s record at the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Romanchenko’s granddaughter told the memorial that her grandfather lived in an apartment in Kharkiv, which was under Russian attack.

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In 2012, Romansenko attended an event commemorating Buchenwald’s liberation, where he read a pledge dedicated to “creating 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.

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“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.

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Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian president’s office, cited Romansenko’s death in his telegram.

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

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has called Romansenko’s death a “heinous crime” on Twitter.

“He escaped from Hitler, (but) was assassinated by Putin,” 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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