Man Survived Holocaust, But Not Putin
How’s that denazification coming?
A 96-year-old Holocaust survivor, Borys Romanchenko, was killed Friday by a Russian strike on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.
Romanchenko’s death was confirmed by the Buchenwald concentration camp memorial institute in a series of tweets.
Romanchenko survived the camps at Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora and Bergen-Belsen during World War II, the memorial said, adding that it was “stunned” by news of his death.
It said Romanchenko worked “intensively on the memory of Nazi crimes and was vice-president of the Buchenwald-Dora International Committee.”
The story is reminiscent of the man who survived the killing fields of Cambodia but could not survive the streets of Los Angeles.
Make Putin pay.
The one consolation is that Putin’s name will go down in history alongside Hitler and Stalin — and maybe the people who touted him as the antidote to “American liberalism” will feel a bit of chagrin.Radegunda (56bf80) — 3/22/2022 @ 9:27 am
Putin’s name will go down in history alongside Hitler and Stalin
Maybe to his fans. I’d rank him below Mussolini (who at least invented Fascism). Il Duce also did okay when his tanks faced Ethiopians with spears*, but got wiped out when he faced Greeks with Mannlicher Schoenaurs.
*I like that Putin’s tanks are now facing American … Javelins.nk (1d9030) — 3/22/2022 @ 9:49 am
I’d rank him below Mussolini
Somewhere between Franco and Somoza.Kevin M (38e250) — 3/22/2022 @ 10:15 am
Meanwhile, the Russian Orthodox Patriarch calls for the “eradication” of the Ukraine “threat.”
“We have entered into a conflict which has not only physical but also metaphysical significance. We are talking about human salvation, something much more important than politics.”
The Ukrainians are sinners and the sin must be stamped out of them.Kevin M (38e250) — 3/22/2022 @ 2:45 pm
I’m curious how he wound up living in Kharkov. I don’t think Jews from that area were taken to concentration camps — there were no ghettos — they were simply killed I think.
I suspect he was born in eastern Poland, the part that was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1939 (ratified by the Yalta agreement, with minor border modifications made in 1951)
He must have become a Soviet citizen but still was in the western when he was liberated. He must have gone back east to search for any surviving family. (I would like to verify that but it’s hard to find something about him written before this week)
How did he settle in Kharkov?
Ah here (using Bing)
He was born in Eastern Ukraine.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/pop-culture/news-who-boris-romanchenko-96-year-old-holocaust-survivor-killed-russian-shelling-kharkhiv-ukraine#:~:text=Boris%20Romanchenko%20was%20born%20in%201926%20to%20a,he%20was%20forced%20to%20work%20as%20a%20miner. Caption to picture
I think he was n=xt identified as Jewish by the Nazis.
Now all people – had to have identity cards in Stalin’s Soviet Union — which contained aspace for “nationslity” of which Jewish was an option – the Soviet Union considered nationality to be mostly native tongue. A person with two parents of different nationality could pick one.
Except that people who lived ion collective farms who were not issued them so they would have to stay on the farm. They were literally almost serfsSammy Finkelman (02a146) — 3/22/2022 @ 2:58 pm
Here is more:
I don’t see anything here to say he was Jewish.
If he was not Jewish, he was not truly a “Holocaust survivor” just a prisoner in the same camp where Jews were imprisoned along with other categories of people — but each category was treated differently. Jews were treated the worst.Sammy Finkelman (02a146) — 3/22/2022 @ 3:04 pm
Habre – Monttmg (8cbc69) — 3/22/2022 @ 3:08 pm
A couple of Military Dick-tators.
Still, he was in a slave labor camp and held by the Nazis.
Also, he was very involved by this point when there are few survivors of the concdntration camps left, in memorializing Bergen Belsen.
And Putin (and Russia) talks about everything the Nazis did.Sammy Finkelman (02a146) — 3/22/2022 @ 3:08 pm
“Romanchenko survived the camps at… Peenemünde, Dora…”
Slave Labor at Peenemunde and Nordhausen [Dora]
This is the dark side of the moon; the ‘Faustian Bargain’ the U.S. made… and kept hidden from most Americans for decades…
FWIW, Arthur Rudolph, who would manage NASA’s Saturn V development program in the United States under Von Braun, “was one of the 130 V-2 rocket engineers brought to the U.S. under Operation Paperclip, working at White Sands Proving Ground. He later moved to Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and worked for the U.S. Army on the Pershing missile program before joining his colleagues at NASA and becoming the Project Director for the Saturn V rocket program. Retired and living in California in 1984, his past eventually caught up with him and he was forced to leave the U.S. to avoid a war crimes trial.’ Von Braun died in 1977– but had he lived, he’d likely have been outted in the 80’s as Rudolph was.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/22/2022 @ 4:14 pm