March 22 – Memorial Day of the victims of the Khatyn tragedy


On this day 80 years ago – on March 22, 1943 – Khatyn, a quiet friendly Belarusian village, was wiped off the face of the Earth. Almost all of its inhabitants, 149 people, of which 75 were children, were brutally killed by the punitive forces.

In burning clothes, terrified, people rushed to flee, but those who escaped from the flames were shot in cold blood by the fascists with machine guns and machine guns. The youngest resident of Khatyn was only 7 weeks old.

The tragedy of Khatyn is one of a thousand facts testifying to the purposeful policy of genocide of Nazi Germany in relation to the population of Belarus. Khatyn embodies over 9,000 villages of Belarus, many of which were burned down along with the people and have never revived.

Khatyn has become a symbol of the tragedy of the Belarusian people. In 1969, in memory of all the dead Belarusians, the Khatyn memorial complex was opened on the site of the former village – a tragic reminder of the horrors of the war. This is one of the most revered places in Belarus.

The Belarusian diplomatic mission in Pakistan pays tribute to the memory of all those killed and tortured, burned and shot during the Great Patriotic War.

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