According to the Buchenwald memorial institute, Boris Romanchenko, 96, had survived four Nazi concentration camps. Last Friday, however, his life was ended following a Russian strike on Kharkiv.
The Ukrainian Institute of International Relations stated in a series of tweets that according to his granddaughter, Boris Romanchenko was living in an apartment block in Kharkiv which was hit during a Russian attack.
He said the group was shocked by the news that Boris Romanchenko had died in a concentration camp. Romanchenko said he had survived Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora, and Bergen-Belsen during World War II.
Boris Romanchenko worked “intensively on preserving the memory of Nazi crimes and served as vice-president of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee,” the institute said.
As part of the celebration of the liberation of Buchenwald in 2012, Boris Romanchenko read an oath devoted to “the creation of a new world in which freedom and peace reign”, as it was stated in the memorial.
An article in a Kharkiv newspaper reported on his visit to Buchenwald on the 73rd anniversary of the camp’s liberation by US forces in 2018, stating, “The event was attended by the last remaining Buchenwald prisoners from Ukraine and Belarus – Borys Romanchenko from Kharkiv, Oleksandr Bychok from Kyiv and Andriy Moiseenko from Minsk.”.