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96 -Year -Old World War II Holocaust Victim Killed In Kharkiv Ukraine

Kharkiv was heavily attacked by Russian artillery throughout the invasion.

He survived the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp during World War II. He survived the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp in the same war. Dan camp Bergen-Belsen.

Last week, Boris Romanchenko, a 96 -year -old Holocaust survivor, was killed when gunfire struck a typical flat in the war -torn Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

“With horror we report the violent death of Boris Romanchenko in the war in Ukraine,” a reminder for Buchenwald said Monday in a statement.

The multi -storey apartment building where Romanchenko lived was bombed and set on fire, “the statement said.

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second -largest city, was heavily attacked by Russian artillery throughout the invasion, which Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to as a “special military operation” needed to disarm and “deny” its neighbors.

“Please think about how many things he has gone through,” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said late Monday.

“But [he] was killed by a Russian attack, which was about a typical Kharkiv multi -storey building. With each day of this war, it becomes clearer what denunciation means to them. “

Romanchenko was born on January 20, 1926, in Bondari, near the city of Sumy according to a statement from the Buchenwald memorial.

He was deported to Dortmund in 1942, where he was forced to do forced mining work. After an unsuccessful escape attempt, he was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1943, where more than 53,000 people were killed during World War II.

He was then sent to Peenemünde on the island of Usedom in the Baltic Sea, where he worked as a forced laborer in the V2 rocket program, the Dora-Mittelbau detention camp and the Bergen-Belsen detention camp, the statement said.

“The horrific death of Boris Romanchenko shows how threatening the war in Ukraine is for the survivors of the detention camps,” the memorial said in the statement.

“We mourn the loss of a close friend.”

According to the memorial, Romanchenko had served for years as vice president of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee, devoting himself to documenting Nazi crimes.

Both Ukraine’s foreign and defense ministries condemned the death.

“Putin managed to ‘achieve’ what Hitler could not,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on its Twitter account.

(Additional reporting by Ron Popeski and Oleksandr Kozhukhar; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Michael Perry)

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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