Vitsebsk activists to protest construction of houses in place of Fascist death camp

2009 2009-01-29T21:43:04+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

A number of Vitsebsk public activists are going to support the campaign against the construction of a housing area on the location of a WWII concentration camp, which claimed 120,000 lives.

The campaign was initiated by surviving ex-victims of the 5th Regiment death camp, located on the outskirts of the town.

‘The place was going to be turned into a memorial in the 1990s and construction works were strictly prohibited by the town authorities’, says one of the prisoners of the Nazi camp Uladzimer Ryzo. ‘However, shortly after someone allowed constructing car sheds here and I saw human stones being dug out of the ground to build foundations. Now they are going to build a whole residential area on the place! It is sacrilege, that’s what I think!’

The concentration camp was active between 1941 and 1944 and is said to have claimed 120,000 lives of Belarusian citizens during the WWII.