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05 January 2022, 12:55

Belarusian government receives proposals to perpetuate memory of war genocide victims

MINSK, 5 January (BelTA) – Belarusian Prosecutor General Andrei Shved sent proposals to the Council of Ministers to perpetuate the memory of the victims of the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War, BelTA learned from the department for interaction with mass media and editorial activity of the Prosecutor General's Office.

In July 2021 the supervisory authority informed the government about the need to take measures to preserve the historical memory of the atrocities of Nazi criminals in Belarus.

During the investigation of the criminal case on the genocide of the Belarusian people, more places of mass killings of civilians, previously unknown to the public, are being uncovered. In order to ensure the ideological continuity of generations, the Prosecutor General's Office made a decision to designate the burial places of genocide victims.

As part of the state program "Perpetuating the memory of those who died defending the Fatherland" for 2021-2025, the Council of Ministers has been proposed to set up a special interdepartmental commission. It shall be tasked with preserving the newly discovered burial places, organizing the reburial of the remains and giving the necessary honors.

The Prosecutor General's Office suggests creating a single memorial site for the victims of genocide during the Great Patriotic War and working out a single template of the commemorative sign dedicated to them. The Prosecutor General's Office also suggests including the information about the genocide victims into the Book of Memory of the Republic of Belarus.

Plans are in place to coordinate the work of the oblast executive committees and Minsk City Hall to set up expositions in the country's museums dedicated to the victims of the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War.

The supervisory body believes that this will help convey to citizens, especially to young people, the fundamental ideas of peace and the inviolability of human rights. This work will promote the formation of an objective view of the values of civilized society and become an ideological tool for combating manifestations of Nazism in modern conditions.

At the initiative of the General Prosecutor's Office the Culture Ministry has launched this work in cooperation with the oblast executive committees and Minsk City Hall. Regions have been working in close cooperation with prosecutors.

For example, in 2022, the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War plans to develop a mobile temporary exhibition The Genocide of the Belarusian People to feature the materials of the museum and the General Prosecutor's Office.

There are also plans to expand the exposition of the museum hall Nazi Occupation Regime on the Territory of Belarus. 1941-1944 with materials on the topic.

The General Prosecutor's Office has also suggested that the government should instruct the Education Ministry and Information Ministry to update and systematize information, education, training and educational activities to form in the younger generation a moral, social and political attitude to the events and results of World War II, the fundamental values of society, the preservation of historical memory, including through the appropriate classes in the curriculum.

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