Romanchenko survived the Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora and Bergen-Belsen camps during World War II, the memorial said, adding that he was “stunned” by the news of his death.
He said Romanchenko worked “intensively on the memory of Nazi crimes and was vice-president of the International Committee of Buchenwald-Dora”.
Yulia Romanchenko, Borys’ granddaughter, told CNN that she “learned about the shelling of the residential area of Saltivka on March 18 on social media. I asked the residents if they knew anything about the house from my grandfather. They sent me a video of a burning house. I found out about it after curfew so I couldn’t go there immediately.”
By the time Yulia managed to get to the area, she found her grandfather’s house “completely burnt down – there were no windows, no balcony, nothing in his apartment”.
The discovery of Buchenwald on April 11, 1945, began the release of more than 21,000 prisoners from one of the largest Nazi concentration camps of World War II.
The official US military account of the liberation called the camp “a symbol of the bloody cruelty of the German Nazi state”, where thousands of political prisoners were starved and “others were burned, beaten, hanged and shot. “.
In 2012, Romanchenko attended an event commemorating the liberation of Buchenwald, where he read an oath devoted to “creating a new world of peace and freedom,” the memorial said.
In 2018, a Kharkiv newspaper reported on his visit to Buchenwald on the 73rd anniversary of the camp’s liberation by US forces.
“The event brought together the last surviving Buchenwald prisoners from Ukraine and Belarus – Borys Romanchenko from Kharkiv, Oleksandr Bychok from Kyiv and Andriy Moiseenko from Minsk,” the report said.
Andriy Yermak, head of the office of the President of Ukraine, spoke about Romanchenko’s death on his Telegram account.
“It’s what they call ‘operation denazification,’” he said, referring to Russia’s claim that its invasion of Ukraine is designed to save the country from the elements Nazis.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called Romanchenko’s death an “unspeakable crime” on Twitter.
“Survived Hitler, assassinated by Putin,” he wrote.
The northeastern city of Kharkiv has come under heavy missile and rocket attacks since the start of the Russian invasion, but is not yet completely surrounded, Ukrainian officials said on Monday. .
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