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Trostenets Memorial Complex

Trostenets Memorial Complex

27.06.2018 | 14:47

Trostenets Memorial Complex was built on the site of the same-name extermination camp set up during the Great Patriotic War. It was the biggest death camp on the territory of Belarus and the entire USSR. It was the place where people from all the republics of the Soviet Union, as well as Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland were murdered.

It is located on Selitskogo Street in Minsk.

The Trostenets death camp was set up in the autumn of 1941 and was operated till 1 July 1944. It included:

Shashkovka forest (cremation ground)

Blagovshchina forest (execution ground)

Maly Trostenets village (extermination camp facilities)

1963 - An obelisk with an eternal flame was erected on the site of the former death camp

1965 - Monuments were built on the site of the crematorium furnace

2002 - A memorial sign was unveiled on the site of executions

2015 - Gates of Memory memorial was installed

The biggest concentration camps by the number of people killed during the Great Patriotic War:

Auschwitz (Poland, about 1 million people)

Treblinka (Poland, about 800,000 people)

Trostenets (about 206,000 people)

Majdanek (Poland, about 80,000 people)

Sources: Minsk City Hall,,, open sources.

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