Holocaust Survivor Dies In Russian Air Strike

96-year-old Holocaust survivor Borys Romanchenko passed away in a Russian strike that hit the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. 

The Buchenwals concentration camp memorial institute confirmed that Romanchenko was killed last Friday during the air strike. The Holocaust survivor survived four different camps during World War II, Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora and Bergen-Belsen. He worked and memorized many Nazi crimes and was also vice-president of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee.

Borys Romanchenko (second right) pictured at the Buchenwald memorial site in 2015.

His granddaughter Yulia Romanchenko spoke about the moment she found out about his passing during an interview and said: “I learned about the shelling of Saltivka residential district on March 18 from social networks. I asked locals if they knew anything about my grandfather’s house. They sent me a video of a burning house. I found out about this after the curfew and therefore I could not go there immediately.

Boris and his granddaughter Yulia Romanchenko.

Unfortunately, when she got to his house, it was already burned down with no windows and nothing inside.

The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak also addressed Romanchenko’s passing saying that he “Survived Hitler, murdered by Putin.