Belarus and Germany are noting the positive dynamism in bilateral contacts. On March 13 in Minsk, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with Minister of State for European Affairs of Germany Michael Roth to discuss politics, economy and exchange of students.
Among the issues discussed at the formal meeting were the tragic history of our countries. The memorial Trostenets in Minsk became a monument to common misfortune. In the mid-1940s, many German Jews were sent to this death camp.
Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
We can see that the potential for our bilateral cooperation is huge. And we should use this potential to the full for the benefit of our countries and peoples.
Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office:
My country has a great interest in rapprochement between the European Union and Germany on the one hand and Belarus on the other hand. We want to speed it up.
Olga Petrashevskaya, CTV:
People in the camp Trostenets were tortured even after death. They were shot, buried, rammed by tractors. But after realizing that their victory is going out of their hands, the Nazis ordered to dig up the bodies and burn them until the last bone to hide their crimes.
Parents of Kurt Marx, German Jews, were taken from Germany to Trostenets in the terrible 1940s. He was miraculously saved by his teacher, who sent him to England with a group of classmates. Here his family was killed.
What do I feel? I still cannot believe that this happened. Imagine that thinking about my parents, I wonder today whether they died from a shot or gas. This is scary. Very scary.
Wolfgang Schneiderman, president of the people's union of the Federal Republic of Germany for war graves care:
Peace, reconciliation is what today's world needs most.
An exhibition has opened at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. This is a Belarusian-German project in which historians tell us about the seven fates that ended in Trostenets.
Alexander Dolgovsky, historic assistant at workshop named after Leonid Levin:
These are deported Jews, guerillas and underground fighters, and Jews from the Minsk ghetto. Never before did we exhibit these biographical portraits with their memories and documents from personal archives.