Boris Romanchenko WWII Holocaust survivor killed in Ukraine

boris romanchenko wwii holocaust survivor killed in ukraine
boris romanchenko wwii holocaust survivor killed in ukraine

During World War II, he survived the Nazi Buchenwald concentration camp. During the same war, he survived the Dora-Mittelbau detention camp. And the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Boris Romanchenko, a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor, was killed last week when shelling hit his regular flat in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s war-torn capital.

“It is with grief that we learn Boris Romanchenko’s terrible death in the fighting in Ukraine,” the Buchenwald Survivors Memorial stated in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, “the multi-story apartment building where Romanchenko lives was bombarded and caught fire.”

Throughout the invasion, Russian artillery has been shelling Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, which Russian President Vladimir Putin describes as a “special military operation” aimed at disarming and “denazifying” its neighbour.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated late Monday, “Please consider how many things he has gone through.”

“However, [he] was murdered by a Russian attack that struck a typical Kharkiv multi-story structure. Every day that passes in this battle, it becomes clearer what denazification means to them.”

According to the Buchenwald monument, Romanchenko was born on January 20, 1926, in Bondari, near the city of Sumy.

In 1942, he was exiled to Dortmund, where he was forced to work in a mine. He was transported to the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1943 after a failed escape attempt, where more than 53,000 people were slaughtered during World War II.

According to the statement, he was transported to Peenemünde, on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom, where he worked as a forced labourer on the V2 rocket programme, the Dora-Mittelbau detention camp, and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

“Boris Romanchenko’s heinous killing demonstrates how dangerous the situation in Ukraine is for concentration camp survivors,” the memorial stated in a statement.