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In memory of the victims of the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria, Russia and Belarus were not invited

Diplomats of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to International Organizations in Vienna and members of the Ukrainian community honored on Saturday the memory of the dead Ukrainians and other prisoners of the Ebensee concentration camp, on the site of which there is a memorial in Upper Austria.

This was reported by an Ukrinform correspondent in Austria.

“Today, Ukrainian diplomats honored the memory of those who died at the hands of the Nazis in the Ebensee concentration camp. 77 years have passed. Human dignity, human rights and freedoms cannot be taken as given forever – the entire free world must fight for them and protect them in order to prevent tragedy that took place in the past,” Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Yevhen Tsymbalyuk said in a comment to the agency.

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The Ukrainian ambassador also welcomed the organizers’ decision not to invite Russian and Belarusian diplomats to the ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Ebensee. He pointed out that this decision was correct, because “Russia is now committing the same crimes in Ukraine as the Nazis did.”






Ukrainian diplomats honored the memory of the victims of the Ebensee concentration camp / Photo: Vasyl Korotky

The solemn ceremony of the 77th anniversary of the liberation of “Ebensee” with the participation of representatives of the countries where the victims were from, was held at the memorial cemetery of the victims of the concentration camp. Before that, the organizers refused to participate in it Russian and Belarusian officials. “Given Russia’s war of conquest against Ukraine, this year’s celebrations should be held under the symbol of a call for peace. Regardless of how the war unfolds over the coming weeks, this event is a reflection on how fragile peace has become as Europe once again finds itself on the brink of chaos due to the obsession with power combined with nationalism,” the organizers said.

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Ukrainian diplomats laid a wreath and flowers at the monument to the Ukrainian victims of the Nazi concentration camp and national monuments of other states in order to honor the memory of representatives of all nationalities who died in this death camp. The Ukrainian monument in the form of a granite cross was opened in 1995, in Ukrainian and German it says: “To the sons of Ukraine – the victims of the Ebensee concentration camp.” According to various estimates, several thousand Ukrainians died in the Ebensee concentration camp.

As you know, more than 20 thousand prisoners worked in the tunnel complexes of the Ebensee concentration camp, located in the mountains near Lake Traunsee, a quarter of which were prisoners from the USSR.

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“Ebensee” was one of the largest branches of “Mauthausen” – the only concentration camp in the territory of the Reich, which, according to the Nazi classification, belonged to the “category III”. This category meant – “destruction through labor.” Conditions in the camp were the worst in the Nazi concentration camp system. During the existence of the concentration camp, about 200 thousand prisoners of 40 nationalities passed through it and more than 50 branches. In total, about 120 thousand people died in the Mauthausen concentration camp and its branches from 1938 to May 5, 1945.

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