A 96-year-old man who had survived the nightmare of the Holocaust was killed by a Russian bomb in Ukraine Friday, according to his granddaughter.
Borys Romanchenko had endured living in four concentration camps including Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora and Bergen-Belsen.
He was killed Friday when a shell hit his apartment building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, according to his granddaughter. Romanchenko had been the vice president of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee and had “worked intensively on the memory of Nazi crimes”
Romanchenko “lived his quiet life in Kharkiv until recently. Last Friday a Russian bomb struck his home and killed him. Unspeakable crime,” Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s minister of foreign affairs stated in a tweet.
“Survived Hitler, murdered by Putin,” Kuleba continued.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had stated that one of his objectives in invading Ukraine was to “de-Nazify” the country, despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy being Jewish.
Kharkiv has been under constant attack from Russian forces since the war began. The Yeshiva building of the Ukrainian Kharkiv Jewish Community took a direct hit from a rocket Tuesday. The windows of the Kharkiv Synagogue were also destroyed.