Terrible pain of Trostenets
For Inessa Kulago the war represents not only horrible events from 70 years ago but memories alive today
We stand before a monument in memory of the prisoners of the death camp, in the village of Bolshoi Trostenets, near Minsk, which recently hosted a memorial ceremony honouring all those who died in Nazi torture cells.
Inessa Kulago is the Chair of the Zavodskaya regional organisation of the Belarusian Association of Former Juvenile Prisoners of Fascism. Victims of Nazi camps from all over Minsk were sent to Bolshoi Trostenets, including many youngsters. Members of the BRSM (Belarusian Republican Youth Union) joined those who lived through the horror of those camp days, in laying flowers.
Alexander Shestakov, the Head of Ideology, Culture and Youth Affairs, in the Zavodskoy District of Minsk, notes that the International Day of Liberating Prisoners of Fascist Concentration Camps is celebrated on April 11th: as fixed by the United Nations in memory of prisoners liberated from Buchenwald.
Since January, two enterprises in Minsk and Dzerzhinsk have been casting details for Memory Gate in bronze. All work should be finished by the end of April.
By Victor Andreev