Russian Attack Kills 96-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor in Ukraine

A Russian attack on the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv killed a 96-year-old man who survived a string of Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Boris Romantschenko died during Russian shelling of his apartment block on March 18, his relatives and a Holocaust memorial institute said on March 21.

“It is with horror that we report the violent death of Boris Romantschenko in the war in Ukraine,” the Buchenwald concentration camp memorial foundation confirmed in a statement.

Romantschenko’s death “shows how threatening the war is” for Holocaust survivors, the foundation added.

Romantschenko’s granddaughter Yulia told CNN that she found her grandfather’s house “completely burned down.”

“There were no windows, no balcony, nothing in his apartment,” Yulia said.

According to the foundation, Romantschenko survived the Nazi camps at Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora and Bergen-Belsen during World War II.

Romantschenko “worked intensively on the memory of Nazi crimes” and served as the vice president of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee, the foundation said.

Over three weeks ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his goal was to “denazify” Ukraine in an attempt to justify the invasion — a claim that has been condemned by Western leaders.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dymtro Kuleba called Romantschenko’s death an “unspeakable crime.”

“Survived Hitler, murdered by Putin,” Kuleba said on Twitter.

Kharkiv has been under heavy missile and rocket attacks since Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, but the city is yet to be completely surrounded.

Russian attacks on Kharkiv have killed over 500 civilians, according to Ukrainian emergency services.

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