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28 Mar 2019

Array of Names monument named guarantee of common memory

Array of Names monument named guarantee of common memory

MINSK, 28 March (BelTA) – The opening of the Array of Names monument in the Trostenets Memorial has become a guarantee of common memory of the Belarusian and Austrian people of the victims of the war, Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said as he attended the Memory Evening event in Minsk on 28 March, BelTA has learned.

“The unveiled monument to our victims has become a sign of their names brought back from oblivion, the accusation of crimes committed against them and also a symbol of our grief,” the Austrian head of government said.

Sebastian Kurz stressed that he is a representative of the generation that, despite its youth, assumes increasing responsibility for the preservation of the memory of the victims of those years: “We will not and cannot turn our back on the things that happened in Vienna, on the crimes that were committed in Austria and the neighboring regions.” 

The federal chancellor expressed gratitude to those who took part in the implementation of the initiative to develop a monument to the Austrian victims of the Nazis in Trostenets. 

“From now on we have an official place of remembrance of those who died in the Trostenets death camp. We express our sincere and deep gratitude to you,” he said.

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