Remembrance without limit

British Ambassador to Belarus, Bruce Bucknell, takes part in We Remember ceremony, near Trostenets memorial, after Friendship and Tolerance walkathon, in Minsk

British Ambassador to Belarus, Bruce Bucknell, takes part in We Remember ceremony, near Trostenets memorial, after Friendship and Tolerance walkathon, in Minsk


Bruce Bucknell at commemorative service in Trostenets

“I’m not sure that I’m worthy to speak on this sacred site, as none of my countrymen or relatives died here. Those who fell didn’t speak English and I didn’t witness the tragic events of those days. However, on this day, I mournfully bend my head before those who survived this unimaginable nightmare, 70 years ago,” notes Mr. Bucknell.

He thanked the four British citizens who represented London’s Together Plan charity; alongside others, they covered 42km in the marathon. “Today, guests from my country are present; they have arrived to see with their own eyes the place where the innocent died, and to learn more about this event, paying tribute to their memory. I’m very pleased that they took part in the Friendship and Tolerance walkathon and I hope that they will help me in passing on details to our fellow countrymen, so that the terrible truth of war may be always remembered,” noted the Ambassador.

The Friendship and Tolerance walkathon, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War and the memory of victims of Nazism, set off from Yama (Pit) Memorial Complex. Besides the four British citizens, taking part were representatives of Jewish communities in Belarus, as well as former prisoners of Minsk ghetto and members of large families.

By Nikolay Velikhov
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