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Traveling to Belarus by car. Part 5

Traveling to Belarus by car. Part 5 - Khatyn

Since the days of the Great Patriotic War took many years, but the memory of this tragic page of history is alive today.

One of the evidence of those events - Khatyn.


This memorial, which has become a symbol ofcourage unsubdued heroic people of Belarus, who suffered untold sacrifices of life and victory. The complex is located near the town of Logoisk.

On the morning of March 22, 1943 six kilometers fromKhatyn Soviet partisans fired on a convoy of the Nazis. As a result, he was killed by a German officer - SS-Hauptsturmführer Hans Welke, Hitler's favorite. Hungry for revenge Nazis broke into Khatyn. The entire population of the village was expelled from their homes and locked up in the shed. Do not spare anyone - neither old men, nor women, neither patients nor children. From the hands of the Nazis destroyed the whole village - 149 people were burned alive.

In 1969 on the site of the village burnt with people in memory of all the dead people in Belarus was opened a memorial complex.

At the entrance is a small museum, justseveral smaller halls. Be sure to visit it, read the papers, see photos. Coming in from the exposure you "dive into the past and see the war with their own eyes."

The first thing you see when you come tomemorial complex will be six-meter sculpture "The Unconquered Man". It depicts Joseph Kaminski, the sole survivor of that terrible tragedy. He was able to survive only by miracle - the wounded and burned, he regained consciousness late at night when left punitive burned village. In his hands he holds one of her four children dead.

This place is compared with the book, as each part of the complex - a separate page in the history of the Great Patriotic War:

"Cemetery of villages" devoted to human settlements, destroyed by the Nazis and did not rise from the ashes.

"Tree of Life" - Symbols of villages which regained peacetime.

"Memory Wall" - A monument to those who were tortured in concentration camps and ghettos.

26 obelisks in the form of chimneys with bells symbolize burned Khatyn home.

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