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22 March 2024

Today, March 22, is the Day of Remembrance of the Khatyn Tragedy

The Great Patriotic War became a time of enduring sorrow for our people. Many residents of Belarus fell in battle, died in concentration camps, and burned in the fire of Khatyn. Not everyone had time to start a family or experience the happiness of motherhood or fatherhood. Therefore, gratitude to them, the memory of them should never fade in our memory, the memory of their descendants who live under a peaceful sky and look to tomorrow with optimism.
The tragedy of Khatyn is just one of thousands of facts testifying to the deliberate policy of genocide towards the population of Belarus, which had been carried out by the Nazis throughout the entire period of occupation during the Great Patriotic War.
Today there are no blank spots in the history of the Khatyn tragedy. The events of that terrible day have been reconstructed bit by bit using materials from criminal cases of past years, archival documents, and the results of the investigation of a modern criminal case about the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War.
...On the morning of March 22, 1943, 6 km from Khatyn village, partisans fired at a fascist convoy. As a result of the attack, a German officer was killed.
To pursue the partisans, the German invaders called in units of the 118th battalion of the Schutzmannschaft (auxiliary security police; the core of the battalion was formed in Poland, then in Kiev) and the German squad of the SS Sonderbattalion “Dirlewanger” (this battalion accounted for over 120 thousand killed Soviet citizens; in Minsk and Mogilev regions alone, these punitive forces burned more than 150 settlements along with their people).
On the same day, punitive forces appeared in Khatyn. When they approached the village, a shootout began. The partisans left the village, losing several people. The punishers did not pursue them, but took up the village. They herded people into a barn and set them on fire; those who tried to run out of the fire were shot. A total of 149 people were killed, including 75 children. Only 6 children and 1 adult were able to escape. The village, all 26 households, was completely burned.
Many Belarusian villages, including our district, have a history similar to Khatyn. During the years of Hitler's occupation in Beshenkovichi district, more than 100 settlements were completely or partially burned, more than 10 thousand civilians were killed, about 2 thousand were driven into German slavery. After the war, Korenevo, Svitino, Yakubovshchina, Shlyakhtinitsy villages were not revived. Korenevo village shared the fate of Khatyn - it was burned along with its inhabitants...
In order to deepen students' knowledge about the historical past of the Belarusian people, about the tragic events in Khatyn, the facts of the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War, and the formation of a negative attitude towards violence in all institutions of general secondary education, on March 22, a single lesson will be held dedicated to the anniversary of the tragedy in Khatyn.
A number of events were prepared by the libraries of the Dvina region. The Central District Library, for example, on this date is holding a conversation at the book exhibition “Khatyn. Our history. Our memory”, branch “Drozdovo Rural Library” - hour of memory “Khatyn is the memory of everyone!”, hour of memory “Khatyn. Memory and pain" - branch of "Rzhavka Rural Library".
A thematic event in secondary school No. 1 named after I. Strochko in Beshenkovichi settlement will be held by the district museum of local history. Senior researcher Stanislav Leonenko, during the requiem hour “Khatyn Tragedy,” will tell students about Khatyn village, which has become an unabating pain in the hearts of Belarusians. It is the duty of contemporaries to sacredly preserve the memory of those killed in order to protect the truth about that terrible war, to preserve and strengthen the unity of our country.