He survived four German concentration camps during WWII

The curious 'denazification' of Ukraine: Russian attack kills a Holocaust survivor

One of the crudest and most cynical lies of the Putin regime to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine was to say that it was going to "denazify" that country.

The emotional message for Ukraine from a Pole who fought against nazi Germany
The alliance of pro-Russian communists and nazis fighting against Ukraine in Donbass

The Kremlin launched that lie knowing that neo-Nazi paramilitaries support the pro-Russian separatists in Donbas. Today a new example of what Russia understands by "denazification". The Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorial has reported this morning that Boris Romantschenko, a 96-year-old Ukrainian, died last Friday. He was a survivor of the German concentration camps in Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora and Bergen-Belsen. He lived in Kharkov, and has died because of a Russian attack on the residential areas of that Ukrainian city.

"According to his granddaughter, he lived in a multi-story building that was hit by a shell. Boris Romantschenko campaigned intensely for the memory of the nazi crimes and was vice-president of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee," the Memorial says, ands adds: "We are deeply dismayed."

The Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorial has published this photo of Boris Romantschenko taken in 2012, in which he read the Buchenwald oath to "build a new world of peace and freedom" during an event marking the anniversary of the camp's liberation from Buchenwald.

My condolences to the family of Boris Romantschenko, and my hope that Russian war criminals, starting with Vladimir Putin, pay for what they are doing against Ukraine.

Rest in peace.

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