Holocaust Survivor Killed in Russian Attack

Boris Romanchenko faced death in four Nazi concentration camps: Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora and Bergen-Belsen. He lived to be 96 years old. Yet despite surviving the perils of the Holocaust, he was killed on Friday when Russian forces opened fire on his house in Kharkiv, Ukraine. 

Romanchenko was deported in 1942 as a teenager to Dortmund, Germany, where he was subjected to forced mining labor. An unsuccessful escape attempt caused him to be transferred to the Buchenwald concentration camp. His forced labor continued until he was freed in 1945, Reuters reported. Ultimately, his life was taken not by Nazi Germany but by Russian combatants. “Putin managed to ‘accomplish’ what even Hitler couldn’t,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry tweeted. 

Both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations are working tirelessly to protect Holocaust survivors and members of other vulnerable communities to safer locations, according to worldisraelnews.com.

The war-torn city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, is home to 80,000 Jewish people. These people, along with the rest of Ukraine, are still in the thick of incredible danger and need the Lord’s protection. Let’s pray for an end to the bloodshed and that they will find safety soon.