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Holocaust Survivor Killed in Russian Attack on Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Holocaust Survivor Boris Romanchenko lived through four separate concentration camps only to be killed during a Russian attack on Kharkiv, Ukraine. Credit: Buchenwald_Dora/Twitter

Holocaust survivor Boris Romanchenko, who lived through four separate concentration camps, was killed on Friday during a Russian attack on the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Romanchenko, 96, survived the horrors of Buchenwald, Peenemunde, Dora, and Bergen-belsen during the Holocaust, only to be tragically killed after a Russian shell hit the apartment building where he lived in Kharkiv, according to an announcement by the official Buchenwald concentration camp memorial and Romanchenko’s granddaughter.

The memorial stated on Twitter that the Holocaust survivor “worked intensively on the memory of Nazi crimes and was vice-president of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee.

Holocaust survivor killed during Russian attack on Kharkiv

“In 2012, Boris Romanchenko read the Buchenwald oath ‘creating a new world where peace and freedom reign’ during the celebration of the anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp,” it wrote.

Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, is located in the north of the country. It’s proximity to the Russian border has made it a target for airstrikes and other attacks.

According to local police, at least five civilians were killed in the city over this past weekend, including one nine-year-old boy.

Ukraine rejected a deadline given by Russia for forces to surrender the city of Mariupol by 05:00 Moscow time, 04:00 local time on Monday.

Ukraine refuses to surrender

“Lay down your arms,” Col-Gen Mikhail Mizintsev, the director of the Russian national defense management centre, said on Sunday in a briefing. “A terrible humanitarian catastrophe has developed. All who lay down their arms are guaranteed safe passage out of Mariupol.”

Mizintsev added that local officials would face a “military tribunal” if they didn’t agree to the surrender terms.

However, Ukraine has rejected the proposal with deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk saying that there can be “no question” of surrender.

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk was quoted as saying by Ukrainska Pravda:

“There can be no talk of any surrenders, laying down of arms. We have already informed the Russian side about this…Instead of wasting time on 8 pages of letters, just open a [humanitarian] corridor.”

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