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70th anniversary of the Great Victory

11 May 2015

Belarusian diplomats attend ceremony to commemorate Mauthausen prisoners

MINSK, 11 May (BelTA) – The Belarusian diplomats attended the ceremony to commemorate the people killed in the Mauthausen concentration camp, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Austria.

The Ambassador and staff of the Embassy of Belarus in Austria/Permanent Mission to international organizations in Vienna took part in the celebrations in observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp. Wreaths with national symbols were laid to a commemorative plaque in memory of the Belarus citizens - Nazi victims, the obelisk to prisoners from the countries of the former Soviet Union, to the central memorial to all Mauthausen victims, the monument to General Karbyshev, monuments and commemorative plaques in memory of the victims of the concentration camps from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Poland and Ukraine.

The event in Mauthausen was attended by the Federal President of Austria, representatives of the Austrian Parliament and the Government, the heads and employees of the diplomatic missions in Vienna, Austrian and foreign public organizations.

The Belarusian diplomats also laid wreaths and flowers to the stele in Ried in der Riedmark in honor of the Soviet prisoners of war who were killed in February 1945 after an attempt to escape from the concentration camp Mauthausen.

The Embassy officials also participated in other celebrations of the 70th anniversary to mark the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the end of the Second World War. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria Valery Voronetsky and diplomats of other countries laid wreaths to the monument to the fallen soldiers and officers of the Red Army in the central cemetery of Vienna and at the Heroes' Monument of the Red Army in the Austrian capital square Schwarzenbergplatz. The ceremony was attended by heads and members of the diplomatic missions of a number of CIS countries, other states, international organizations, veterans of the Second World War, representatives of the Austrian authorities and public organizations.

The foreign diplomats laid wreaths to the memorials to Soviet prisoners of war – prisoners of the Ebensee concentration camp, the obelisk to Soviet prisoners of war at the city cemetery of Linz and to the tomb of Hero of the Soviet Union L. Manevich, a native of Chausy, Mogilev Oblast.

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