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"Khatyn Memorial"

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“Khatyn Memorial” (60 km from Minsk) – March 22, 1943 - 60 years ago - 26 houses with their inhabitants (149 people, including 75 children) were burned by the German punishment battalion in the Belarusian village of Khatyn. The tragic fate of the burned villages is commemorated in a vast, spreading over 50 hectares, Khatyn' WWII Memorial, which was opened near Minsk in 1969. Khatyn' was not the only village with such a horrible fate. Population of 618 Belarusian villages was burned ALIVE by Nazi during WWII in SS punishment operations against guerrilla troops. 185 of burned Belarusian villages were never re-established after war - they have disappeared from the face of the Earth. Overall every forth Belarusian has perished during WWII - 2.2 million people, including 380,000 deported to Germany as labourers. 209 cities and townships and 9,200 villages had been destroyed in Belarus during WWII. The pre-WWII population of Belarus was only re-established in 1971.

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