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22 July 2022, 10:33

Belarusian diplomats commemorate victims of fascism in Trostenets

MINSK, 22 July (BelTA) – Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei together with Belarusian ambassadors, who arrived in the country for the annual seminar of heads of diplomatic missions and consular offices, laid flowers in the Trostenets memorial complex on 21 July, BelTA has learned.

Ambassador of Belarus to Germany Denis Sidorenko, when answering questions from media, stressed that Trostenets is a terrible place that was previously undeservedly forgotten. The study of its history is important not only for Belarusians, but also for Germans, the entire European community. "I will not say that we have gone all this way yet. But Trostenets has been retrieved from oblivion to remembrance. This is what we need to show, to know. The Holocaust is part of Belarusian history. The genocide of the Belarusian people is part of European history," the diplomat said.

Ambassador Denis Sidorenko called demolition of monuments, which is now happening in a number of neighboring countries, a dangerous practice that does not contribute to building normal relations between the countries. At that, he gave credit to Germany, who, with all the current political nuances in place, ensures the protection and maintenance of memorials.

Belarusian Ambassador to Israel Yevgeny Vorobyov noted that the Israeli experience in raising the awareness of the world community about the Holocaust is of great interest to Belarus. "This work is long, day-to-day, systematic and purposeful," he said.

As for the preservation of historical memory, including the facts of the genocide of the Belarusian people, this work, according to the diplomat, should be conducted at all levels: in international organizations, in the format of bilateral relations between states, in schools and, most importantly, in families on specific examples, real family stories.

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