Concentration camps : The Moscow regional public organization of former juvenile prisoners of fascism asked the head of state Vladimir Putin to establish a Day of Remembrance of the genocide of the Soviet people during the Great Patriotic War. This was told to “MK” by the chairman of the public organization Inna Kharlamova.
“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, the memorial day of the genocide of the Soviet people was not established in a timely manner earlier, but we, as witnesses to all the atrocities of the occupiers, honor the memory of our innocently tortured grandfathers, parents, brothers, children, and we believe that right now this time has come. This is important for all citizens of our country,” the letter to the president says (a copy is in MK).
As Inna Pavlovna said, for the first time the organization came up with the initiative to establish a memorable state date on preserving the memory of the genocide of the Soviet people and the memory of former juvenile prisoners of fascism back in 2006.
“But then somehow it didn’t work out. Sixteen years later, thanks to the support of a number of other public organizations, we are again turning to our president with such a request,” she added.
The Moscow regional public organization of former juvenile prisoners of fascism appeared in 2000. At that time, 37 thousand former prisoners of fascist camps lived in the Moscow region, today there are only about 6 thousand left.
“Today is the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, also known as Auschwitz,” Kharlamova reminded. – On this occasion, we will hold a video conference, where former prisoners, as well as students from schools in a number of cities and students from cadet corps, will take part. Of course, we will remember the breaking of the blockade of Leningrad 78 years ago, and the international day of the Holocaust, which is celebrated on January 27, but the most important thing for us is to emphasize the liberation mission of the Red Army. This is a significant event for us, which we celebrate every year.
Inna Pavlovna said that she ended up in a concentration camp in infancy with her mother. A terrible event happened in 1942 near Dnepropetrovsk. After 8 months, they, along with several other prisoners, were lucky enough to escape.
“When our family started talking about the war years and the concentration camp, my mother always cried and didn’t want to say anything,” the woman recalls. “Many years later, I once told her: “Lord, it was so long ago, we should already forget about it.” But then I realized that this should never be forgotten.
The crimes of the Nazis were condemned by the world community within the framework of the International Military Tribunal.
On behalf of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, regional courts consider applications for the recognition of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide of the Soviet people by established and newly revealed crimes committed by the Nazi invaders during the Great Patriotic War.
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