The book was published under the general direction of the Prosecutor General of Belarus, Doctor of Law Andrei Shved, includes reference, analytical and documentary materials on the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War, in the post-war period and the use of Nazi ideology on the part of the participants in the coup attempt in Belarus in 2020. The publication was prepared on the basis of evidence from criminal cases and archival sources, clarifies the BelTA news agency. It provides documented facts about the war, which were previously preferred not to be discussed.
“During the occupation, flourishing Belarus has turned into a desert. Stockades of burnt chimneys, depopulated cities, millions of civilians shot dead, burned alive, gassed, hungry and cold, deadly horror in the souls of the people,” says the agency’s publication. For more than a year, investigators from the Prosecutor General’s Office have been interviewing witnesses to the mass extermination of Belarusians during the Great Patriotic War throughout Belarus, including those who were driven into labor slavery, those who miraculously survived executions en masse, as well as the prisoners. of the fascist concentration camps. All of their testimonies were recorded by investigators on video and later handed over to BelTA journalists.
The book contains dozens of photographs, documents and testimonies from the places of executions and mass executions, which do not have a statute of limitations and show that Belarus, where one in four inhabitants died during the war years, was the most affected Soviet republic. for the damage done. of the nazis
The publication pays a lot of attention to the Nazi “Ost” plan and the genocide of the Belarusians, which was conceived by the German invaders together with local collaborators. A similar scenario is being implemented today in neighboring Ukraine by Bandera supporters.
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Belarus, which analyzed hundreds of archival materials from the period of the Great Patriotic War, testifies that during the Nazi occupation of 1941-1944, more than three million civilians and prisoners of war were killed on the territory of Belarus. More than 377 thousand Belarusians were driven into German slavery under threat of death. Many of them died as a result of unbearable working conditions, deprivation and torture. In the republic, 209 cities were destroyed and burned, including Minsk, Gomel, Vitebsk, Polotsk, Orsha, Borisov, Slutsk, as well as a total of more than 9,200 towns and villages. At the same time, the Nazis destroyed 5,295 settlements, along with all or part of the population. More than 1.27 million buildings were destroyed in cities and towns.
It should be noted that 2022 is officially called the Year of Historical Memory in Belarus.