Белорусский фонд мира Belarusian fund of peace
25.03.2018 / Администратор

Action of memory and sorrow in the village of Ozarichi, Kalinkovichi district

On March 19, the Gomel regional branch of the Belarusian Peace Foundation public organization held a rally in memory and grief in the Kalinkovichi district (the place of the Ozarichi concentration camp), dedicated to the anniversary of the liberation of the Ozarichi concentration camp from the German fascist invaders.

More than fifty people visited the Ozarich concentration camp as a part of the peacekeepers’ delegation: Peace Fund activists, labor veterans, prisoners, teachers and students of secondary school No. 27 – Schools of Peace and Cadets of Secondary School No. 21, students of the Gomel Pedagogical and Medical Colleges, students of Franciscus University Skoryna Secretary of the committees of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union in Gomel. The participants of the action together with the leaders of the Kalinkovichi District, delegations of former prisoners from Zhlobin, Svetlogorsk and Oktyabrsky districts, took part in a rally-requisition at the memorial to the “Ozarichi” concentration camp, laid wreaths and flowers from residents of the region, peacekeepers and youth of the region to the memorial in memory about seventeen thousand civilians, old people, women and children who died in the “Ozarichi” death camp in March 1944. Chairman of the regional executive committee Sergei Gvozd, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Yevgeny Adamenko, chairman of the district council of deputies Viktor Zastomin, deputy chairman of the Gomel regional organization of the Belarusian Peace Foundation Vladimir Vosarev and chairman of the Gomel regional organization “Children of War” Anna Mikhailova . Then the participants of the action visited the museum of the Ozarichi concentration camp in the village of Ozarichi.


The Ozarichi death camps were established in early March 1944 in the former Domanovichi district (now Kalinkovichi, Svetlogorsk and Oktyabrsky districts). About 50,000 Soviet civilians, women, old people and children were forced into the camp by fascists forcibly from more than two hundred Belarusian villages. Prisoners of the Ozarich concentration camps, the Nazis were kept in a marshy, flatter terrain fenced with barbed wire, with mined approaches. There were no buildings on the territory of the camps, people were located on bare ground. Prisoners starved, were not allowed to build bonfires, they were forced to drink swamp water. Among the prisoners, the Nazis placed typhus in order to rapidly spread the epidemic among the civilian population and in the ranks of the upcoming 65th Army, which liberated Polesie. On March 19, Soviet troops liberated the Ozarichi death camps. 33,480 people were rescued, including 15,960 children under the age of 13, 1,302 women, 4,448 old people, about 17,000 others, women, old people and children who did not live to be released, were killed or died of disease, cold and hunger.

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