Alexander Lukashenko takes part in opening ceremony of Trostenets memorial complex

Alexander Lukashenko takes part in opening ceremony of Trostenets memorial complex

The memorial complex "Trostenets" was opened on June 22, on the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War in Belarus. By the number of the dead, the concentration camp, which was located in this place, was on a par with Buchenwald and Auschwitz. During the Great Patriotic War, more than 200 thousand people were killed here. 

Brest also welcomed Patriarch Kirill, who was on a visit in the complex. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church served a memorial prayer service at St. Nicholas Garrison church.

Veterans are at the forefront of the opening ceremony of the new memorial. For them, this is another reason to remember the loved ones and, more importantly, this is confidence in the fact that the memory of the terrible events will live.

I don't want war for our generation. My grandfather fought in World War II. He survived but he changed a lot. So I don't want this to happen to us again.

Of course, this is a pressing topic. Not only now, at all times. It is a tribute to our ancestors, who gave their lives on the battlefields, and thanks to whom we are here, in peace.  

A decision to create a large memorial at this place was made a few years ago. The President laid a commemorative capsule with a message to future generations in the complex's foundation.

This monument is a symbol of the inhuman policy of condemnation of Nazism, a symbol of the pain and sorrow for the people of different nationalities and religions, as well as a warning against the revival of crazy ideas of superiority of one people over another. This was said by foreign guests.

Yosef Shagal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Belarus:  
Belarusians feel and perceive that war better than others. It's hard to explain, but this is what I feel being here. It is majestic, but at the same time it is not pompous. I'm impressed.

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the Republic of Belarus:
We come here not to tear the wounds that have probably healed. We come here to ask mankind to be careful so this never happens again.

The opening ceremony was attended by President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko walked along the Memory Alley. Along the way there are archive photos of the dead prisoners of the camp. These are people who were burned in the flames of cremation ovens.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President: 
For the victory of our fathers and grandfathers, today's Europe and the whole world should be grateful to them, the dead and also to us, the heirs of this victory.

After the official part of the ceremony, the Belarusian leader talked to veterans. Some of them were living witnesses of the events in Trostenets.

The ceremony was not long, but very touching. At the end, birds were released into of the sky as a symbol of hope and memory. Mozart's Requiem sounded above "Trostenets".